EYES ON UKRAINE: FIVE CONTEMPORARY UKRAINIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS
With the current political interest in Ukraine, CEPA Gallery is proud to present the VASA curated exhibition Eyes on Ukraine: Five Contemporary Ukrainian Photographers. This exhibition covers a period of more than 25 years and features photographers from different parts of Ukraine and multiple generations.
VASA, an online center for media studies, created the current traveling exhibition Eyes on Ukraine: Five Contemporary Ukrainian Photographers from its commitment to provide Ukrainian photographers and film makers a platform for their voice. Over the last 4 years, VASA exhibited the work of photographers associated with the Kharkiv School of Photography (4 exhibitions tracing the 1970-80 until current time), Crimea (images and film), Ukraine Project, the war in the Ukraine, and a number of individual artists presented in the VASA Front Page Project. All of the exhibitions, essays and films have been archived on the VASA platform (vasa-project.com).
In the 1970s and 1980s, under strict state censorship, photographers mainly worked underground, and it was only after 1990 that artists emerged free from soviet ideological constraints. Twenty-eight years later Ukraine photographers are experiencing the freedom won by the struggles of previous generations. The work presented here by five Ukrainian artists may be best understood as a rich example of that transition from censorship to freedom.
From direct social reportage on the toil of Donbas miners, to complex techniques using found material, from elaborated quasi beach photos, to reflections on the annexation of Crimea, the selection showcases the diversity of themes and approaches that are characteristic for the art of photography in the country.