With all eyes on Ukraine (and Russia) at the moment, it’s easy to forget the violence and bloodshed of the earlier Ukrainian Revolution. Protestors who filled Maidan Square to ‘battle the Ukrainian army and topple President Yanukovych’ had to fight with something, so they got crafty with their weapons. These photos show the incredible DIY […]
It might have been the arid 35-degree heat, the wooden ‘beds’ that we were facing another night of sleep on, or the fact that the day’s drinking had inadvertently began at 8am earlier in the day after crawling off the aforementioned bed to find some water.
Ukrainian designer Masha Reva is adding to her impressive portfolio of work with the Botanical Layers collaboration with SYNDICATE of Kiev that will see her floral prints get a limited edition sweatshirt run. It juxtaposes ‘immersion in the rapid pace of contemporary life, gadgets and social networks with a yearning for our natural environment, explored as a metaphorical botanical garden of Photoshop layers and loading bars’. If sweatshirts ever look like high fashion, this would be it.
The Tunnel of Love is a unique and truly amazing piece of forest located in Ukraine. With a railway passing through the thick vegetation, a natural “tunnel” formed in the shape of a train as trees grew freely in the Kleven forest. While the tunnel is very nice to look at, it’s believed that if […]
Kislow is one of the most outstanding and talented street artists from the Ukraine. The Kiev-born artist prettifies gigantic murals with his very imaginative, playful and personal style. Even though Surrealism is the epoch that probably influenced him the most, his highly detailed art could as well be inspired by fairytales from the last century.
Over the past six months we’ve featured photos from filmmakers Stuart McBratney and Julia Nalivaiko, who’ve been gallivanting around Russia and Ukraine filming Back in the Soviet Bloc. They’ve finally released a trailer, and it’s amazing to see these images come to life. Check it out on their Kickstarter page, and order a DVD to […]
Since leaving her Ukrainian homeland 14 years ago, Julia Nalivaiko is often asked, ‘What’s it like?. To answer the curious masses, she’s returned to Ukraine and Russia with Australian filmmaker Stuart McBratney to document the people, culture and food. They’re currently halfway through their 8-week shoot, and are posting video stills from the road. Here’s a sneak peak. For more pics, check out their Facebook page, and click “like” to receive updates.
Alina Rudya is a photographer living and working in Kiev, Ukraine. Of this series, Soviet Women Dreaming of Future, she says, ‘The full name of this series of self-portraits is Soviet Peasant Woman Dreaming of her Bright Capitalistic Future. I was born in the era of Perestroika and didn’t live during Soviet era that much. Nevertheless, my image abroad, no mater how hard I try, is always impacted by my Soviet background. People are either joking or seriously think, that I’m different because I came from Ukraine. Even my foreign friends jokingly call me red or soviet. I love traveling and I feel myself very cosmopolitan. But every time I’m applying for a visa to travel to EU I feel myself as a Soviet peasant woman who wants to benefit from Western capitalistic wealth. So I created this series, because I wanted to show the stereotypical exaggerated view of me in the West’.
At Yekaterinburg cemetery, the city in which Boris Yeltsin was born, you can find these hyper-realistic illustrations of Russian capo mafia figures on their grave stones. The costs of having your own Russian mafia-style gravestone ranges from $8,000 to $250,000. Perhaps not surprisingly, the administrators behind Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk cemetery have recently announced that they now offer the same service.
I love the work of Irena Zablotska, aka Joulu, a graffiti artist from the Ukraine: ‘on the streets and on paper, her unique voice comes alive through her intriguing characters, bizarre beings who come together to dance, play, sob, and share secrets. Depending on how you yourself are feeling when you look at them, different ideas and meanings present themselves as to just who these mysterious individuals are, their faces and bodies overwhelmed with energy and emotion.