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Exhibition "Spalah. Ukrainian photography today"

On September 29, at the Ukrainian House in Kyiv, the opening of the photo exhibition "Spalah. Ukrainian Photography Today" took place. The project was implemented by the National Center "Ukrainian House" and the NGO "Platform for Cultural Initiatives" in cooperation with the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers and with the support of the Press, Education, and Culture Department of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has primarily highlighted those forms of art and instrumental means capable of instantly reflecting reality. Among them is photography, which has become the main medium reflecting the events of the war and illuminating the diversity of experiences and the present of Ukrainians. This experience cannot be conveyed in words, but it can be lived through frozen images captured by the camera shutter. In the process of reflecting the hot flow of events, documents, reports, and chronicles gain particular importance. The relentless truth of the cold lens is enlivened by the sensual gaze of the artist. It is this gaze that transforms direct fixation into a moving image that has a strong aesthetic impact and creates space for empathy.

Working in the field of history is a challenge. Today, photographers' works have become part of the information war, the war of images and narratives, where they are forced to confront artificially generated fakes. Ultimately, photography is one of the influential tools that convey the truth of the war to the world and offer solidarity and support to Ukraine.

Exhibition participants: Taras Bychko, Viera Blansh, Andriy Boyko, Roman Bordun, Yelizaveta Bukreyeva, Valeriy Veduta, Oleksandr Glyadyelov, Serhiy Hudak, Bohdan Hulyay, Artem Humilevskyi, Olena Grom, Oleg Dimov, Maksym Dondyuk, Pavlo Dorohoy, Olga Drozd, Yurko Dyachyshyn, Ihor Yefimov, Yevheniy Zavhorodniy, Pavlo Itkin, Anya Kysla, Kirill Kovalenko, Dmytro Kozatskyi, Vladyslav Krasnoshchok, Zhenya Laptyi, Dmytro Lobko, Yefrem Lukatsky, Ksenia Marchenko, Pavlo Mazay, Serhiy Melnychenko, Vira Mynailo, Serhiy Mykhalchuk, Stanislav Ostrous, Mykhailo Palinchak, Yulia Po, Tetyana Ruda, Yana Sidash, Kostyantyn Sova, Bronislav Tutelman, Maksym Finogeyev, Nazar Furyk, Oleksiy Furman, Petro Chekal, Ihor Chekachkov, Oleksandr Chekmenyov, Volodymyr Cheppel, Hennadiy Chernega, Mstyslav Chernov, Julie Poly.

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