Medium of instruction

PrizeFinalists in Shoot (photo/video)
CompanyAlena Grom

In 2022, Russian troops occupied part of the Kyiv region. As a result of the fighting, the infrastructure of cities was destroyed. Due to the bombing and shelling, 2102 educational institutions of Ukraine were damaged. Of these, 215 are completely destroyed. Man-made objects, as well as natural objects used in the educational process as carriers of educational information and tool for the activities of the educator and students to achieve the goals of education, upbringing and development — medium of instruction.

I work at the intersection of conceptual photography and social reporting. The themes of work were life in the front-line territories, military everyday life, the life and lifestyle of immigrants and refugees. By creating a series about the war, I tell the world about the problems of my native region, eastern Ukraine, where hostilities have taken place since 2014. The focus is on ordinary people who find themselves in difficult social and political conditions. My photos are an attempt to look at war differently, stripping it off the pathetic patina of a defense mission or heroic struggle.