Winter Provisions, 2000, glass, steel, bird seed, sited in Tompkins Square Park, New York City, 4’ x 4’ x 8’
During the winter of 1932-33, Stalin commenced the collectivization of agricultural regions in the soviet Union to make the nation more homogenous. As part of his plan, he oppressed the Ukrainian people, systematically eradicating their individual freedoms of culture, religion, and language. Because their land was one of the largest and most fertile in the Soviet Union, Stalin confiscated all wheat, animals and farmlands, claiming these as Soviet property. Reports vary that from 3 million to 12 million Ukrainians starved to death during the winter. Although millions starved, any existence of a famine was denied by the Soviet Government, and only recently, discovered by the public at large.