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Thursday 10 July 2014


Last night I went to the Saatchi Gallery for the launch of "In our paradise...", an exhibition of recent photography from the Ukraine, curated by Galina Skliarenko.  The exhibition takes its name from a line in a poem by Taras Shevchenko, the 19th century Ukrainian poet and celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth. 

The photographs exhibited are by five Ukrainian artists:

Oleksandr Babak and Anatol Stepanenko
Victor Maruschenko 
Tiberiy Silvashi
Anna Voitenko
and reflect a modern Ukraine and its current challenges.

The photograph by Victor Maruschenko, from the Dream Land series, (below) depicts a traditional Ukrainian landscape.....the fields, the building in the background with the little Russian style onion dome.

by Victor Marushchenko - Dream Land series

I was also struck by his view of Chernobyl (below).

by Victor Marushchenko - Chernobyl

The Soil (Terra/Fundamental) series by Tiberiy Silvashi is a group of photographs of soil from the Ukraine (1 example below).  Looking at them, I thought how symbolic and significant the soil, the earth itself, often is to people who love the land they live in.

by Tiberiy Silvashi - (Terra/Fundamental) series

The above are some examples from an interesting and well thought out collection.  The exhibition runs until 3rd August.