“WITNESS Faces of Ukraine 1994 – 2022” Exhibition of Photos Coming to Zagreb

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The exhibition titled “WITNESS Faces of Ukraine 1994 – 2022” will run through 23 July.

Chekmenyov’s photos have been published in the New York Times Lens Blog, Time Magazine and Time Light Box, New Yorker Photo Booth, MSNBC, Quartz, The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and Liberation. 

In 2014 he won the Grand Prix “Photographer of the Year of Ukraine 2013.” 

“His photographs have often been included in exhibitions of contemporary Ukrainian art and purchased by international art museums. His chosen genre is the portrait,” says the Croatian institute on its website.

“The Ukrainian photographer prefers to produce images, distinct from but akin to each other, of people photographed in the same context (dwellings of the poor, hospitals, war zones).

“As a result, his repetitive catalogues of human types convey the story of a population suffering economic deprivation or the anguish of victims of war. Chekmenyov has created a striking and disturbing collective portrait of contemporary Ukrainian society. At the moment, the photographer creates a series of portraits of both participants and victims of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, documenting both the heroism and suffering of the Ukrainian people. The NYT Magazine published a part of the project on March 26-27 of this year.”

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy.


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