Documentary “Crimea Sich” (RUS/ENG) Ongoing
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Crimea Sich is a documentary about patriotic and spiritual upbringing of future soldiers in the Crimean Peninsula and its consequences. Each August, children aged 7 to 16 attended military bootcamp training there. Their instructors were Ukrainian and Russian Cossacks with the real life war experience. The training included target practice with real weapons, live ammunition and instilling Christian values into the young Cossacks.
CULTURE of the CONFRONTATION (ENG) 2015
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Original music & Multimedia editing: José Bautista / Kanseisounds
Winter 2014 changed Ukraine.
3 months of bloody clashes, tears, fear, Molotov cocktails, burning car tires and deaths. It already wasn’t just a protest in the support of EU. Ukrainian revolution brought new spirit, changed people and their minds, they became one organism that fight with a great passion and intensity for happy future.
From the very beginning Euromaidan turned into a real performance, where started the battle of opposites. Good and evil, light and shadow, thick black smoke and whiteness of the February snow, orange helmets against black. On the revolutionary canvas creepy bloody scenes interwove with incredibly beautiful, from visually side, views. Euromaidan became one of the most beautiful revolutions, like scenes from Hollywood film.
In my photos I tried to show the scale of all that happened in the centre of the country. Very often I lost the line between reality and fiction. I forgot the place, time and the cause of what was happening. In one moment the battle scenes reminded terrible days of the previous wars. In another – frosty, fiery battle turned Maidan Nezalezhnosty into a phantasmagoric place. Carefree, obstreperous Kyiv completely lost its familiar features.
The title ‘Culture of the Confrontation’ shouldn’t be taken too literally, it’s not art culture that confront someone or something. Everything that happened in Ukraine, beginning with Euromaidan, it is confrontation of two different cultures. One culture that tries to save previous old times, they are nostalgic about former Soviet Union, and look into the past, they want to return the life they lived before. And we have another culture that think completely different, they look into the future and believe in a happy future of their own country. Under the word ‘culture’ I mean world view, style of life, people’s thoughts, religion. At Maidan it were not two different generations it were two cultural layers which live on one territory.
This confrontation is eternal, it started ages ago and will continue again and again. It doesn’t depend what country.
Text by Maxim Dondyuk & Irina Kolomyets.
Videopoetry “A Small Town” (RUS/ENG) 2012
Multimedia “The TB epidemic in Ukraine” (ENG) 2011
WARNING! Multimedia uses ultrasound and low frequency. If you use a laptop for viewing, we recommend you to use headphones or external speakers.
In 1995, the World Health Organization declared the tuberculosis epidemic in Ukraine. Over the past 16 years, the situation has deteriorated even further. Each day TB takes lives of 30 people, annually – of about 10,000 people.
In December 2010, I went to Donbass region in Ukraine. I was greatly influenced by what I saw on the first day. One of the first patients I photographed was suffering from gastrointestinal tuberculosis. He was lying naked on a hospital bed and staring at the ceiling. A week later, I was with him in the last hours of his life. He could not move or talk, his body was like a skeleton covered with skin. He clutched a cross to his chest and prayed. Afterwards I met his wife and she told me how he had walked around the house with a torn stomach and intestines dragging across the floor, because the ambulance had refused to transfer him to a hospital. They had to call a taxi.
After a while, I realized that this was happening all over the country and that the epidemic of tuberculosis became one of the national problems. Many prisons release pardoned convicts with serious health conditions, so as not to ruin their mortality figures. Two-thirds of former prisoners dissolve among general population without medical supervision. Hospitals are in a terrible condition and all phthisiology rests with doctors who are long overdue to retire. Patients with drug-resistant TB have to use public transport to receive medical supplies and food and those without money just die in their beds. In the midst of current political wars in Ukraine, everybody is just indifferent to the problem of tuberculosis.
ЭПИДЕМИЯ ТУБЕРКУЛЕЗА В УКРАИНЕ (RUS)