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A photo essay by Ukainian photographer and activist Maksym Trebukhov will be projected throughout the Festival with a special screening at the Law Lounge on Friday 2 September. Join
A photo essay by Ukainian photographer and activist Maksym Trebukhov will be projected throughout the Festival with a special screening at the Law Lounge on Friday 2 September. Join us at 7pm for a reception and screening following the ‘We the People‘ special event.
Introduced by Halyna Yusypiuk, First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine to Australia
Supported by Ukraine Democracy Initiative and the Ukraine Embassy in Australia
21 February 2014: the Revolution of Dignity transformed Ukrainian society and democracy. Many Ukrainians from around the world, and from Australia, participated in the revolution, artists and young people were among the first to react.
About the photographer
Maksym Trebukhov studied art and painting at Romney Art School under the direction of Anatoliy Kibets. He lives and works in Kiev, and collaborates with various publications, working regularly with online news platform “LB.UA”. For the last decade he has been investigating and reporting on topics critical to democracy and civil society – illegal building systems in Kiev; the activities of radical youth movements; and criminal formations of mercenary agents who came to be called ‘titushky’.
“For me, Maidan began six months before everything happened for real. Since then, I have been watched and, like many other journalists, constantly interrogated by investigators trying to convince me that I am a member of a political party. I went to Maidan with my colleague after the filming of the conflict between employees of the Interior Ministry and Kiev residents who protested against the building system on their yard. Hiding from the police, who were actively pursuing all unruly journalists, we came to Maidan and decided to stay there”.
During the Revolution of Dignity, Trebukhov participated in all active battles without injury but on 18 February was taken to the hospital with severe head injuries after a fight with members of the ‘titushky’.
“Now with war in my country, and unable to fight on the front line due to ill health, I try to be actively engaged with the thousands of volunteers who help people at the forefront. As a participant and graduate of RISC (reporters instructed in saving colleagues) courses, I work as a paramedic instructor trying to save people and teach others the same. This exhibition is only a small part of the striking events in recent years in Ukraine: it will hopefully attract the world’s attention to our country”.
All images: Maksym Trebukhov
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Law Lounge, Level 1
New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Sydney Democracy Networksdn@sydney.edu.au