Andrii Dostliev and Lia Dostlieva - I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor

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Andrii Dostliev and Lia Dostlieva - I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor

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Title: I still feel sorry when I throw away food – Grandma used to tell me stories about the Holodomor

Photographer: Andrii Dostliev & Lia Dostlieva

Text: Introduction by Serhiy Zhadan

Publisher: RODOVID

Book format: Softcover, 210 Х 297 mm, 104 pp.

ISBN: 9786177482351

Notes:
2018 — Ukrainian Dummy Award, first prize
2018 — UNSEEN Dummy Award, shortlist

About the book:

Post-photographic research, which explores traces of a traumatic historical event in everyday practices and in contemporary landscape and tests the limits of photography as a medium in trauma representation.

The starting point of this project was the personal sense of guilt which accompanies the acts of throwing food away. This feeling is common in contemporary Ukrainian culture and originates in our postmemory - it was imprinted into our generation’s behavioral patterns by the stories of our grandparents - survivors of the man-made famine of 1932-33 in Soviet Ukraine called the Holodomor, which killed millions.

The ink prints document the thrown-away food while fragments of found black-and-white photographs of unrecognisable landscapes demonstrate the lack of the famine’s traces in the landscape – unlike many collective traumas which have exact geographic locations and present in the landscape in the form of ‘places of memory’.

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