The book speaks to the turning point in the history of Ukraine, that touched the whole world, the Ukrainian revolution of 2013-14. Started as a completely peaceful demonstration in Kyiv against the decision of the former President of Ukraine to suspend an integration deal with the European Union, it turned into three months of bloody clashes, tears, Molotov cocktails and deaths.
Being an active participant in theses events, the author moved away from classical documentary and rather plunged into emotions and surrealism of what was happening.
The book features an extensive archive of photographs shot in the middle of street clashes, artifacts and texts sharing the problematic discussions. An interview and the photographer’s diary are divided into 3 phases of the Revolution. It is also supplemented with a map and an events timeline to which are linked all the toponyms in the book.
Maxim Dondyuk is a photographer and visual artist. His first projects were made out of a long-term immersion into the social and historical reality of his country. Among the issues Maxim raised were the problem of tuberculosis in Ukraine; the military upbringing of children in the secret camp in the Crimea Mountains; the Ukrainian revolution. The project “Culture of Confrontation” became a turning point in Maxim’s artistic work. He moved away from classical documentary narrative form and rather plunged into emotions, reflection, and more universal terms. The subsequent projects become the author’s experimentation with themes, meanings and forms.
Maxim has been widely awarded and nominated for numerous international recognitions including International Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards, finalist of the Prix Pictet Photography Prize, a Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. His works have been exhibited internationally, at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, Somerset House in London, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, Stadtisches Museum im Kornhouse in Germany, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, the Biennale of Photography in Bogota in Colombia, among others.
CULTURE OF CONFRONTATION
24cm x 18cm x 5cm
Edition of 500