2017, archival pigment print, 50 x 75 cm, edition 1/9 + 1AP
Maxim Dondyuk, b. 1983, Ukraine
Maxim Dondyuk is a research-based artist working with photography, text, video and sound.
His first projects were made out of a long- term immersion into the social and historical reality of his country. With time he moved away from classical documentary narrative form and rather plunged into emotions, reflection, and more universal terms. The subsequent projects become the author’s experimentation with themes, meanings and forms.
Among such works is ‘Between Life and Death’ project, on which Maxim worked in 2017. It tells the horror of war through destroyed and forgotten places, previously been bloody battlefields, through traces of hundreds of bullet holes in houses. The scars on buildings and fields are the scars in human souls, who have ever witnessed the war.
Maxim has been widely awarded and nominated for numerous interna,onal recogni,ons including Interna,onal Photographer of the Year in Lucie Awards, finalist of the Prix Pictet Photography Prize, Magnum Photos competition ‘30 under 30’ for emerging documentary photographers, finalist of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.
His works have been exhibited internationally, at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, Somerset House in London, MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, Interna,onal Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva, the Biennale of Photography in Bogota in Colombia, among others.