Authors Mykola Babak, Evgene Matveev

The series Messages from “Paradise” is based upon so-called “rural photography” from Mr.Babak's personal collection.

As a matter of fact, it is the rural photography that reflects Ukrainian mentality to the finest.

Looking at these photographs we found everything that we needed: faces, glances, shy awkwardness of poses, naive attempts to keep up appearances, and, at the same time, amazing internal beauty, warmth, purity and, of course, a desire to remain in full dress for the descendants.

Our project is a virtual time machine, an attempt to submerge into a bizarre period of 40-70th of the Twentieth Century, when our parents could only dream about freedom. It was an epoch of a very different societal perceptions.

Our contemporary artistic imagery of this series is based on real photographic documents of the time. We hope that the audience will be just as amused by the grandeur of this “Paradise” as we were while creating the series.


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