In June 2019, Moldova was plunged into a constitutional crisis following parliamentary elections in February of that year which did not give any of the three largest parties a clear majority. The Party of Socialists came out on top with 31% while the NOW Platform (aka ACUM) received 26% of the vote and the incumbent Democratic Party, led by controversial businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc, came third with 23%. After months of uncertainty the NOW Platform and the Socialists agreed to form a new government but the previous administration under the Democratic Party refused to accept the new coalition government and to surrender the offices of state. This impasse has resulted in an unusual situation where two parties with very different visions for the future of their country - NOW Platform favouring closer ties with the European Union, the Socialists wanting to stay aligned with Russia - agreeing to form a government to oppose the overweening Plahotniuc who is accused of extending his influence throughout the government and the constitutional court.
Left Bank was exhibited as a part of the group exhibition “Transnistria Seen From Within:
a portrait by young photographers” at Aff Galery and ZoiS office among other works from Anton Polyakov, Carolina Dutca and Mikhail Kalarashan.
Process series is exibited as part of People.Places.Processes show at Mykolaiv Art Week.
Are We Europe launched first edition of their new project called Edges Of Europe. Do we know what is happening in our blind spots and what is the impact of our ignorance to periphery? Avoiding the stories that are not “headline worthy” seems to be very unproductive for creation of the discourse that is so necessary for a global citizen.
10-15 July, 2018
The opening of International photo exhibition People. Places. Processes. took place on July, 10 at National Taras Shevchenko Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine.
7 artists from the countries of Eastern partnership show their perception of such basic liberties and social issues as: human rights, discrimination, social justice, corruption and poverty. These problems unite citizens, gather demonstrations, shape mindset of a modern person.
The exhibition pushes individual citizens, as well as the political establishment and civil society towards the ideals of freedom, equality and fairness.
The event started with a performance by playback theatre “Out of Time”. Short play-improvisation based on one of the photo stories, feelings and emotions of the visitors from seeing the art pieces.
It was followed by the discussion in which such prominent speakers as: Lilit Makunts, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Armenia; Andrey Kurkov, writer; Rostyslav Semkiv, Ukrainian literary critic, Assistant professor of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Director of the publishing house “Smoloskyp”; Kateryna Mischenko, art-curator and founder of “Medusa” publishing house; Kateryna Zadoienko, NGO “Social Democratic Platform” took part.
The exhibition will last until July, 15 at National Taras Shevchenko Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
Series about the Hamlet: Process (Made by Art Centre Coliseum with participation of professional actors and lifers from the penitentiary nr 17 in Rezina) were published in 南方人物周刊 magazine. In Republic of Moldova people in prisons are stigmatised and not perceived by society, while penitentiary institutions don't have any skills and possibilities in preparing them for the life in freedom. Yet in Moldova incarcerated population is one of the highest in Europe.
This year I'm proud to be a winner of the EyeEm Award 2017 in Photojournalist category with a series about production of Hamlet play in the most secure prison of Moldova. Art Centre Coliseum organised this in order to make it possible for professional actors to work with inmates and show other part of society the human side of the prison through art therapy.
Take a look at this brilliant magazine.
Current issue is Nostalgia ☎️ and my series about Left Bank is featured also.