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Le Bleu du Ciel : Olexandre Glyadyelov and Maxim Dondyuk : The War. Ukraine 2022.


Until September 29, the Lyon photographic center: Le Bleu du Ciel is exhibiting the work on Ukraine by Olexandre Glyadyelov and Maxim Dondyuk.
In his presentation, Oleg Sosnov writes:

“Looking at our own suffering” – this is the definition that we can give to the exhibition.

One way or another, the war made Ukrainians direct participants — heroes, victims, chroniclers.

Cameras and social media have turned almost everyone into correspondents who record the events and experiences of war. However, among all these plethora of images, few are truly strong, emotional and destined to go down in history as part of the collective national memory. Those of Olexandr Glyadyelov and Maxim Dondyuk are, because they represent two generations of Ukrainian documentary photography. Their styles are very different, but their work is always recognizable. And above all their talent is accompanied by courage, because the two photographers have covered the war in Ukraine since 2014, and have regularly gone to the front to tell the exploits and the tragedies of the inhabitants and the combatants.

Through their cameras, Maxim Dondyuk and Olexandr Glyadyelov documented the horrors of Russian aggression: airstrikes on residential neighborhoods, mass graves, bombings of civilian and peasant infrastructure, destroyed equipment, wounded and the bodies of murdered Ukrainian civilians.

Today, every Ukrainian has their own, sometimes very personal, story of the war. This collective trauma radically changes the perspective of the viewer: the exhibition of war photographs is thus transformed into a kind of psychotherapy session in a country at war. We seek to visualize and share our pain with others.

However, this exhibition is not only about our common problem.

” The War. Ukraine 2022” speaks above all about the courage and strength of Ukrainians.

Oleg Sosnov


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12, rue des Fantasques
69001 Lyon
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from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Summer break!
Le Bleu reopens its doors on August 30.

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