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04 May 2018
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Participant of the 2nd "Silver Easel" Oleh Drobotskyi became a laureate of the special prize from the curator Igor Abramovych for his work on a military theme in the nomination "Improvisation". Then the boy said that it was important for him to speak with the public about the war through his paintings. Oleh did not leave the military theme, and already on 26 April 2018 in the 58th House of Lviv officers together with the French photojournalist Gaelle Girbes presented the exhibition "Cyborgs" – victory spirit".

Oleh Drobotskyi worked on the war theme since the beginning of Russian aggression in the east of Ukraine. Two years ago, addressed to the author of the book "Airport" Serhii Loiko who provided the young artist with his own archive documentary photos of Donetsk airport during the fighting. On the basis of Loiko's photos, the boy created his own paintings. Some works – the author's interpretation of what was seen in the photo and heard from the stories of eyewitnesses-veterans of the anti-terrorist operation.

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The exposition consists of 20 works executed in oil painting. The audience can see them not the first time – some of them has already been presented in Rivne and Ivano-Frankivsk. The works are deliberately executed in dark colours. "War – not bright colours, it's darkness, pain and tears, so here, I think, there cannot be other colours," the author explains.

The painter says: "I understood that I want to bring important information to people, to give an understanding of what war is, and it happens in our country, with our people. I deliberately decided to depict events related to the defence of the Donetsk airport – everyone knows about them. Cyborgs and Donetsk airport have become the symbol of the stability and courage of the Ukrainians."

A French photojournalist Gaelle Girbes was in the East for more than a year and saw all the horrors of the Ukrainian-Russian war. Gaelle presented to the Ukrainian viewer about 20 documentary photos taken in the zone of military operations. Especially emotional are photos from medical centres, where our defenders are brought from the front line. The girl was so imbued with Ukraine that she even began working on the book. By the way, these photos Gael also introduced in her homeland, in France. Her stories received a response of the French people – they re-thought the topic of military aggression in Ukraine.

The curator of the exhibition of the contemporary military art and documentary photography, the head of the Western Regional Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine Oleksandr Poroniuk notes: "I’d like this exhibition to become permanent, because it affects the emotions and mood of people, it awakens the understanding of the war among the citizens, leaves a trace in our hearts."
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The exposition will last during a month at the 58th House of Officers; however, it can become permanent.

Text: Kseniia Shokina

Photos provided by Oleh Drobotskyi

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