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Recorded conversation 26 March, 19:00

Wel­co­me, No En­try | DO­CU­SPA­CE

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The accessible audio guide to the photographs has been made by the Accessible Film agency of the Fight for Our Rights organization.
The accessible audio guide to the photographs has been made by the Accessible Film agency of the Fight for Our Rights organization.
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This 3D exhibition by the photographer Oleksandr Chekmeniov represents online two series of works created in a closed psychiatric hospital in Ovruch in the late '90s: a colour series (reportage) and a black and white one (staged portraits). The exhibition questions the boundary between pathology and normality, and show the social life and interaction in a psychiatric hospital as a social institution on the one hand, and the coercion and imprisonment of a closed institution on the other.

You can visit the exhibition situated in the IZONE creative space virtually. For that you use the computer screen in the browser, or VR-glasses for the fully immersive experience. The event includes audio descriptions,o be accessible for blind people and people with visual impairments.


Oleksandr Chekmenyov

Oleksandr Chekmenyov


Oleksandr was born in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. He started his career as a photographer in asmalllocal photo studio in his hometown: in his spare time, Oleksandrtook photos of people affected by the economic crisis afterthe collapse of the Soviet Union. His worksrepresent an insider’s look at thetransformation of the mining region in the 1990s. Chekmenyov’s photographic series have been published on the New YorkTimes’Lens blog, Time’sLightbox, the New Yorker’sPhoto Booth, MSNBC, Quartzand other publications


Selected personal exhibitions: exhibition in Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA,the Donbassand Passportseries (2016);exhibition in the Palffy Palace gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, the Donbassseries (2015);exhibition in the Clara Maria Sels gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, the Mad Worldseries (2014).

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Interdisciplinary programme rethinks the capacities of documentary filmmaking and the gallery space. The programme will include screening of amateur animation by Anatoliy Surma, 3D exhibition of photography by Oleksandr Chekmeniov and a joint project by media artists from Photinus Studio, SVITER Art Group and Ivan Svitlychnyi. Each of events will be accompanied by an Artist Talks discussion.


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