Album

Album

The Album series reconsiders an authoritative practice of graduation and demobilisation albums and group photographs that are made as a keepsake of important (or as if important) events. For most people, posing for such photos means to become a part of a group and to fix their own fragile identity. For some, taking part in this fixation of an overestimated group experience becomes the source of frustration and anxiety. "Would you be so kind to tell where is the exit" is an exaggeratedly polite form of asking not to participate in this intrusive ceremony of taking group photographs. These photos lack of individuality, self, independence. They mostly manifest a group of a group activity approved by society. Refusing to take part in such practices is considered as something asocial. Album removes an alluvial layer of made-up joy from being involved in "something bigger" and reminds instead that everyone on these photos is a human being. A human being that looks for an exit; a human being that fears of death; a human being that doesn't want to smile on schedule.

Album was presented at the exhibition of MUHi 2019 competition for young Ukrainian artists held by Ukrainian galerist Maryna Shcherbenko. An exhibition contained works of 12 finalists on the competition and took place at the Taras Shevchenko National Museum from October 17 to November 10, 2019.

An international jury gave this project one of the two Special Prizes.