"Signs of time" (2022-)

Life has changed since the end of February 2022.

Much that surrounds us in the modern urban landscape has become different and will not be the same as before.

Other signs of outdoor advertising and graffiti, sealed windows, anti-tank hedgehogs, beach signs, red barrier tapes, announcements with addresses of bomb shelters, barricades on the streets, sandbags are an integral part of the new everyday life that we have got used to and it is not surprising us.

What else can we get used to?


 

"Abstract fight" (2020-)

They are not just street decorations. Behind these, at first glance, simply colorful geometric shapes, there are very disappointing statistics: according to the information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, in 2019 there were only officially about 500 thousand drug addicts, of which 171.6 thousand are those who use drugs regularly.

Probably, there is no person who has not heard about "bookmarks" - the method of such sales of narcotic substances has gained wide popularity among sellers and buyers. Fences, signs, walls of offices and residential buildings, even in the centers of large cities, are simply painted with electronic addresses where you can buy any narcotic substances. Telegram channels are widely used for this. The police, guided by their own reasons, one of which is corruption, practically does not block these distribution channels. Communal workers, and more often just residents of "advertising houses" and interested enthusiasts, eliminate similar addresses of "drug stores" by crossing them out with paint.

The people who draw these figures are far from art, but the fruits of their work are very similar to the paintings of abstract artists. There is a struggle with the help of art. Art against drugs.


 

"Medicine through my eyes" (2013-2016)

"Medicine through my eyes" (2013-2016). A project about internal changes and self-discovery, which was filmed in the small Ukrainian town of Rozdilna (population as of 2015: 17,995 people) in 2013-2016. This is the story of my growing up. At that time, I had just graduated from the Medical University and had to work in a local hospital for 3 years. My life before working in it was far from realities and worries. It was my first experience in medicine and everything was so different from textbooks. Diseases and human suffering I had only seen in pictures, but here they surrounded me every day. It was necessary to help people, to make only the right decisions. I realized that every action has consequences for people's health.

In addition, I faced the problem of poverty: patients with money are treated in Odessa or other big cities. All those who do not have them turn to a small hospital like this "mine". Books could explain little. They only suggested how to properly provide help, to do everything correctly. But where could I get the necessary drugs for this? The hospital lacked them, and the patients sometimes did not have money even for simple bandages and aspirin. 

In the photographs, I tried to find solace ,to see something beautiful in the daily routine of  being a doctor. They provided me a rich food for reflection on life and profession.For example, never again in my life to work as a doctor.


 

"Ultras" (2017-ongoing)


Ukrainian ultras appeared relatively recently - it is believed that in the 80s of the last century.

Sometime in 2017, I quite accidentally got into the environment of such die-hard fans of the Odessa football club "Chornomorets". I got into - and soon realized that they are - a certain phenomenon of the sports subculture, which deserves to be studied in the essential difference between the chaos of a crowd and a group of people who are passionate and motivated by a specific idea.I have been “researching” them for several years. 

I did not become an ideological supporter of ultras, rather a "Kuzmych" - a passive fan, but with a camera, who, above all, was looking for answers to the question of who these people are and where do they get such crazy energy from? 

I am infinitely grateful to the guys for the opportunity to see for themselves and show to others their world with its mandatory rules.

Among the main ones: attend all the club's matches, inspire players in every possible way to victory, value friendship, especially support players born in Odesa, do not use a pipe, do not drink alcoholic beverages, do not smoke on the stand.

I did not specifically choose one hero of the filming, because I was convinced: ultras is a community where the individuality of a specific person is erased.

 Cheering contains the very spirit of football, because fans give it their soul. Spectacular support of their team in all circumstances of the match simply mesmerized me as a photographer, and the clear work of the leaders and coordinated movements in the stands resembled thin strings, as if stretched between their hearts and the players on the lawn.


 

"It is written on the fence" (2020-)

Male naked genitals have been depicted since ancient times, where the penis was a symbol of fertility. During the Middle Ages, he was associated with the demonic, devilish. Hundreds of years have passed, and the members continue to be depicted on the walls of fences and houses. For what?

My photo project is not a scientific analysis - it is just an attempt to understand a question that has long interested me: “Why do people so often depict the male sexual organ in public places, or write its name on the fence?”

There is no single, clear answer to this question. I'm guessing some versions:

1.The release of accumulated aggression.

2.Desire for power, victories and more sexual partners.

3.A symbolic show of strength.

4.Threat to enemies.

5.Teenagers transcend taboos.

6.Protest (actions of 1991 of the “THESE” movement “D*ck*  on Red Square”, “ D*ck* in captivity at the FSB” of the art group “Voina” in 2010).

7.The manifestation of the animal nature of man

8.Designation of own territory.


 

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