Monday 14.12 at 5 pm at Arkadia: Photo exhibit: ‘Children of War’ by Vladimir Telegin, Maxim Gromov, Yan Shenkman and Oksana Chelysheva

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to a photo exhibit: ‘Children of War’ by Vladimir Telegin, Maxim Gromov, Yan Shenkman and Oksana Chelysheva on Monday 14.12 at 5 pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

The photos were taken in Eastern Ukraine by Vladimir Telegin. He was accompanied by Maxim Gromov, author of the project and its generator, Yan Shenkman, who wrote the texts, and journalist Oksana Chelysheva. “Novaya Gazeta” provided additional information.

Vladimir Telegin, Maxim Gromov, Yan Shenkman and Oksana Chelysheva will present the exhibition and answer questions from the audience.

The talk will be in Russian and English.

All are welcome.

Warm regards,

Ian
www.arkadiabookshop.fi

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“Children of War” text by Oksana Chelysheva

The photos you are going to see at the exhibition which opens on December 14th at Arkadia International Bookshop are all made in various trips to the eastern part of Ukraine, on both sides of the conflict line as part of a peace-making project. We spent whole autumn last year visiting camps for internally displaced people and bomb shelters, taking photos of the children and recording their stories. These children are all different, from 5 to 16. Some of them have been evacuated to Russia, others to Ukraine and many are still in the area of the armed conflict.

These children are victims. The main victims of war. While adults are busy fighting one another, it fells to the children’s lot.
Almost all children in the photos have experienced shelling and shooting. Some lived in basements for weeks. Many lost their houses. Some lost their parents. The majority are still incapable to understand what exactly happened and who and why have been shooting at them.

They are all scared. They scream while sleeping. They dash aside from adults. If they see a plane in the sky, they run to hide. Even festive fireworks make them scared. They suffer enuresis, problems with eyesight and hearing, panic attacks, tremor and stammer. They play with used bullet cases. They have water and bread instead of cakes and coca-cola.

We saw it in Russia’s Rostov Region, Donetsk and Melitopol. Everything is very much alike on both sides of the conflict.
Photos: Vladimir Telegin
The author of the project and its generator: Maxim Gromov
Texts: Yan Shenkman
Informational backing by “Novaya Gazeta”

«Дети войны»

Эти фото сделаны во время поездок в Донбасс и прифронтовые города Украины в рамках миротворческого проекта «Дети войны». Всю прошлую осень мы ездили по лагерям беженцев и бомбоубежищам, снимали детей и записывали их истории. Дети разные – от 5 до 16 лет. Кого-то из них успели вывезти в Россию, кого-то на Украину, кто-то и сейчас находится в зоне боевых действий.

Эти дети – жертвы. Главные жертвы войны. Пока взрослые выясняют, кто прав, больше всего достается им.

Почти все они были под бомбежками и обстрелами. Некоторые жили в подвалах неделями. Многие остались без дома, а кто-то и без родителей. Большинство из них не до конца понимает, что именно произошло, кто и почему в них стреляет.

Они очень напуганы. Кричат по ночам, шарахаются от взрослых, при виде самолета в небе сразу же бегут прятаться. Даже праздничный салют их пугает. Последствия стресса – энурез, потеря зрения, тик, заикание, паника. Вместо игрушек — стреляные гильзы. Вместо пирожных и кока-колы – хлеб и вода.

Эту картину мы наблюдали и в Ростовской области, и в Донецке, и в Мелитополе. Все очень похоже по обе стороны от линии фронта.

 Фото: Владимир Телегин

Автор проекта: Максим Громов

Тексты: Ян Шенкман

Информационное обеспечение: «Новая газета