The Cyclist. In the narrow alleys, of a Soviet era group of residential buildings. Eastern Ukraine.
A cyclist in a ‘balance state’ as an allegory which parallels the population living in a ’space’ between Ukraine and Russia, in an non-declared ‘hybrid war’ from which they are unable to escape. The trajectory that eastern Ukraine is becoming another post-Soviet frozen conflict zone like Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh or South Ossetia, as a “breakaway state”, creates an explosive limbo condition. In a territory where it is too painful to draw the line between victim and perpetrator. What unites and separates Ukrainian people.
I strive that my work transgresses the confines of trauma: it is not about healing after the event, it is the documentation of humanity's constant counterbalancing of the war of its strengthening against acts of violence, of its constant undoing of war deeds.
Mariupol, Eastern Ukraine. 2015. | Ref.: UKR_4647