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Opening on the anniversary of Victor Yanukovych's impeachment, we presented an exhibition of work by two Ukrainian fine art photographers, Sergiy Lebedynskyy and Alexey Ostrovskiy.
Sergiy’s lith prints taken during Euromaidan last year evoke the emotions, movement and chaos that place the viewer in the midst of Kiev protests, giving us a unique account of the events unlike the sterile, lifeless and detached digital images that we see in the media.
Alexey’s photographs created with a homemade large format camera on photographic paper are classical still lifes, portraits and experimental images, which render an intimate and quiet universe.
Pairing these images together we hoped to show a fuller and more nuanced vision of Ukraine that can sometimes get lost amongst the stereotypes and grey reality presented to us.
Over a year on from the beginning of the Euromaidan protests and despite the continuous conflict, events in Ukraine only became present again in the British news due to the escalations. With this exhibition, we would like to remind the audience of the situation that the people in the country are facing.
The exhibition ran between the 22nd of February and the 8th of March 2015 in The Abacus, Cardiff.
It was also presented in the oldest cinema in Wales, Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr between April and May 2015.