“Daring & Youth” is the name of a hooligan gang I met a few years ago.Young people in the photos are hoolies, war veterans and political activists of the right-wing movement. At the same time, they belong to the globalized youth culture: they travel, party, fight for animal rights, and create their image on the Internet, like all of us.This clash of seemingly extremely diverse concepts was the main inspiration for my work. I have focused on the online presence of this group of young people and on their reality created on Instagram, as well as on the consequences of this unconscious promotion of the national heroes.
The important part of the project is @daring_youth Instagram account I have created to post close-ups of the photos from the project and to caption them using popular hashtags.
While taking photos in Dnipro, I also took part in public interventions in the abandoned Palace of Culture and in the still open Youth Palace. At that time so-called “decommunization” law was implemented. In the first place, monuments of the communist leaders were dismantled, then names of the streets and towns were changed.While observing the ongoing transformation, I began to perceive “Daring & Youth” as the metaphor for the modern political processes.
intervention in a public space
• A white line, painted with white enamel paint, encircling the building of the Palace of Culture
• Audio 1 - reminiscences of people, whose memory is connected to Ilyich (Lenin) Palace of Culture;
• Audio 2 - answers of young people born after 1991 to the question: What does the term "Palace of Culture" mean as a notion.
• A light projector, illuminating the facade of the building.
The purpose of our research was not to bring back to life the Ilyich (Lenin) Palace of Culture but to raise a question whether it was possible to reanimate it.
We considered the notion of memory through the reminiscence of people thereto related. We have performed audio recording and broadcasted them in one of the Palace arches during the event. The next stage of our research involved the inquiry among the young people, born in the Independent Ukraine, on what the Palace means to them as a notion. The audio recording has been broadcasted in the second Palace arch. We encircled the building of the Palace with a white line around its perimeter and illuminated the facade with several light projectors. Laying emphasis thus on technical condition of the building, we wanted to draw public attention to it and to the troubled point on the city map.
The dynamics of the changes can be seen even from far away.
The installation consists of the 150х100cm photos and the object - the lifeguard tower made of metal, glass, and mirrors on a scale of 5:1.
The residents of the city of Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine often call it Dnipro. The identity of this city situated on the main artery of the country - the Dnieper River, is changing dynamically. The location of the city and the events that had taken place in Ukraine over the past 2 years became the starting point. The duality and the uncertainty of the processes taking place seem here enlarged. I consider the river to be a symbolic borderline that can consolidate and separate the Ukrainian society. The photos of both banks of Dnieper, made from the island, are reflected in the mirror on the lifeguard tower. Thus the object combines two images, namely the left and right banks of the river.
MY WORLD IS NOT WHERE I AM
photography, three channel video
The project is an attempt to describe my own identity as a new Ukrainian society that was born after USSR's collapse. I talk about phenomenon, which characterized us – a non-acceptance of reality, aspirations of escape and search of our own way and own place out of country. I show it in context of Ukraine, young state where I was born, and in the environment of young generation. I want to describe that internal feeling that connects us and related to our state of mind.I used two technologies in my work: digital and analog. In that way I reflected my own life and lives of my heroes. We were born in analog world and have grown in the world of digital technologies. I tried to make a certain contrast – young people against society where society present as a symbol of public spaces. Describing my generation I came to conclusion that cultural identity is more important than nationality.
P R E S E N T I M E N T (2014) is a series, where I focus on the young people and the uncertain realities of their being. I’ve been to Ukraine several times during the year and I’ve noticed a certain coincidence: each time I go home, a significant event is about to take place. I’ve felt that this is somehow connected to the anxiety within me. This reflection became my anchor point. I’ve registered the violent changes taking place both in my country and in me. This is a complex presentiment of a conflicted land lost in contrasts. This is an intuitive attempt to record the subconscious and my own anxiety.