Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018-2019
I participated in the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018-2019 through the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa, ON. In December 2018 I was embedded with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Ukraine on Operation UNIFIER. This operation is a CAF mission to support the Security Forces of Ukraine. The operation’s focus is to assist with security force training to help them improve and build their capability and capacity.
My initial goal was to examine the overlapping military cultures and assess how the history of war and architecture of war in the region impacts the missions operational mandate. Following the embed, I travelled independently of the CAF across Ukraine where I interviewed politicians, diplomats, NGO's, journalists, and civilians to get a broader understanding of the current situation in Ukraine and the war in the East at that time.
Based on the visual explorations and research conducted on site, I developed a body of work that consists of mostly photography and video. This work is currently on exhibit at the CWM as part of the CFAP Group 9 Exhibition from November 3rd, 2023 - March 17, 2024.
Following the exhibition I will update my website to share this work. In the meantime, I have provided a little debrief of my experience that I wrote when I first returned home from Ukraine:
My interest in Ukraine and the development of this work is ongoing.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Wiebe interviewing young Ukrainian Tank Commander on top of a T80 Tank in the Yavoriv Training Base, Ukraine, Photograph, 2018.
Wiebe in Tank Range Observation Post in the Yavoriv Training Base, Ukraine, Photograph, 2018.