BASEMENT

2018

Basement is an autobiographical photography and video installation that explores the basement of an apartment block in the suburbs of Kyiv where I grew up. Each group of images and accompanying text (voice) represents a memory about the space in reference to a family member: mother, father, brother, an older and a younger sister. During the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine went through a tremendous economic crisis affecting the lives of many Ukrainian families. Throughout this period of time, basements were used in a unique fashion, varying from person to person. For my parents it represented a space where they were had to go because of their work; for the most marginalized people, the basement became a mean of survival in a dishonest way; for the dysfunctional state institutions it was a space of ignorance; and for the children it represented a place of fears, curiosity, and play.