Our photography focuses on social issues in our homeland, Ukraine, primarily the legacy of its Soviet past. Rapid change subsequent to the collapse of the Soviet Union and independence produced extreme disparities in lifestyle and culture. The majority could not adapt to the new system. They had to focus on day- to-day survival, not moving forward. The country is now stuck between its soviet past and an uncertain present. What will our future be? That is the question we are trying to answer by digging into the past, unsealing people’s fears, trying to reason them out of their absurdities and illogical behaviour. Using darkroom process lith printing and outdated soviet photographic paper, whose combined results are unpredictable, we produce archival-seeming prints showing the historical significance of rapid change in Ukraine. The exhibition will include three series of photographs. In Negatives Are Stored, old photographs are ‘resurrected’ by our surgery; Euromaidan shows recent protests in Kiev, an allegory of the Ukrainian people in search of something; ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) shows Eastern Ukraine one year after Euromaidan.
Prints by Processus, Paris.
Framing by Circad, Paris.
Exhibition venue: Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers.