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In 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of its dissolution at the end of the Cold War. Following independence, Ukraine declared itself a neutral state. In 2013, protests against the government of President Yanukovych broke out in downtown Kiev after the government made the decision to suspend the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement and seek closer economic ties with Russia. This began a several-months-long wave of demonstrations and protests known as the Euromaidan, which later escalated into the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that ultimately resulted in the overthrowing of Yanukovych and the establishment of a new government. These events precipitated the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014, and the War in Donbass in since March 2014.

‘Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking’ depicts the psychological state of this Ukraine looking at its future while haunted by its past and memory. The images are metaphorical representations from the everyday life encountered where time seems frozen but dreams of hope still linger.

>> Image preview as screened at Voies Off, Arles, 2017

 
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Deposit Photos
Buro 247
Photogrvphy Grant
Wall Street International
ART Ukraine
British Journal of Photography
Lucie Foundation
HANT Magazine
Photogrvphy Grant
Alexia Foundation
PHMuseum
Lenscratch
La Couleur des Jours

Winner, Int. Documentary Photographer of the Year, IPOTY, NY, US
Finalist, Gomma Grant, London, UK
Honourable Mention, Student Award, PDNedu, NYC, US
Winner, International Photo Award, Lucie Foundation, LA, US
Winner, Emerging Talent Award, LensCulture, NYC, US
Finalist, New Photographers to Watch, PDN’s 30, NYC, US
Finalist, Musée Albert-Kahn Grant, Paris, FR
Finalist, Photogrvphy Prize Grant, London, UK
Finalist, The Independent Photographer Award, NYC, US
Winner, Life Framer Award, NYC, US
Finalist, Voies Off Award, Arles, FR
Winner, Center Awards, Project Development Grant, Santa Fe, US
Honorable Mention, PHM Grant, London, UK
Winner, Alexia Foundation, Award of Excellence, NYC, US
Shorlisted, Braakland, FOMU, Antwerp, B
Finalist, DDK, C-Mine, Genk, B
Winner, DDK, Museum of Photography, Rotterdam, NL

The series contains 142 images, as a reference to the number of victims during the Euromaidan revolution of 2014. In collaboration with British Ukrainian researcher and cultural manager Myroslava Hartmond, we are working on the final book design. The publication of the book is scheduled mid 2018.

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2018 – Tumult, Ghent, B
2018 – Month of Photography, Los Angeles, US
2018 – Photometria International Photography Festival, Athens, EL
2018 – Les Boutographies, Montpellier, FR
2018 – Klompching Gallery, NYC, US
2018 – Bieler Photo Festival, Biel, CH
2018 – 44 Gallery, Brugge, B
2018 – Gallery On The Go, America House, UA
2018 – Voloshyn Art Gallery, Kiev, UA
2017 – Art Festival Konkreet, Ghent, B
2017 – Land Van Fotografie, Ghent, B
2017 – Center Photo Festival, Santa Fe, US
2017 – MAP #67, Ghent, B
2017 – VOIES-OFF, Arles, FR

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