Xenia Petrovska, exhibition “Foreboding Landscape”
Volodymyr Petrov, exhibition “The Thin Line”
These photos were made by Ukrainian photographers before the full-scale war Russia started against Ukraine. The works convey various aspects of life: understanding home and one’s own territory; visual connections with the past and the Soviet regime, which has so far been present in various forms in Ukraine; anxiety and subconscious preparation for the worst-case scenario that prevailed in moods, conversations and daily life. The shadow of an empire and foreboding lay down on the country during all the 30 years since its Independence restoration. Foreboding — a feeling that something bad will happen; fearful apprehension.
“The Thin Line”
The Thin Line is the visual story of how quickly life can change. It is a mixture of photos-memories from peaceful life and military everyday life in Ukraine. The transition between the two states is so fast that memories of the past are felt as from another life.
Exhibition and screening curated by Kateryna Radchenko
Odesa Photo Days is the international festival of contemporary photography and educational platform based in Ukraine. It pushes forward Ukrainian photography and connects artists, curators, and researchers from different parts of the world: Western Europe, USA, Eastern Europe, Central and Northeast Asia. The 8th edition of the festival was scheduled to hold on May 19-22, 2022 in Odesa. Now Kateryna Radchenko, director and curator of Odesa Photo Days, and the festival team are working on spreading the word about what’s going on in Ukraine and supporting Ukrainian documentary photographers and photography based artists affected by war.
Artists: Taras Bychko, Garry Efimov, Vitalik Galandzha, Oleksandr Navrotskyi, Polina Polikarpova, Anna Pylypyuk, Olia Koval, Mikhail Palinchak, Xenia Petrovskaya, Viacheslav Poliakov, Volodymyr Shypotilnykov, Shilo Group, Elena Subach, Alina Smutko, Valerii Veduta.