The idea for this project was born five years ago, when the artist Lionel Favre, who lives in Austria and Switzerland, took a trip to Donetsk. This trip left a deep impression on the artist, who came back with many gigabytes of photographs, as well a dozen or so sketchbooks with illustrations, and an idea for a new project. The materials that Favre collected during his trip inspired him to create an exhibition dedicated to the history of one city and its residents. It is a completely different Donetsk: In photographs the city did not yet know such pain and suffering as happens in it now. "Donetsk" is a personal, intimate story of people living in a lively, peaceful city.
The exhibition consists of two parts: a series of drawings, and photographs. Favre creates his graphic works by overlaying drawings on old construction sketches and blueprints. But in "Donetsk" the meaning of that framework — of the finished sketch — changes. Now the blueprints of homes and stadiums are evidence of the fact that creation is the opposite of destruction brought by war, and photos of Donetsk, caught in the lens as a city full of life, seem very far from the horrors of the special operations of today.
Artist: Lionel Favre
Curators: Kiki Lippert, Simon Mraz
Organizer: Austrian Cultural Forum
House on the Embankment, 2 Serafimovich Street, 2nd Entrance, Code 33, 6th Floor, Apartment 33
Opening: 26.03.2015 from 6:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m.
For visiting the exhibition please register till 24.03.2015 via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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