Ecology on camera
The premiere of the exhibition took place in 2021 at the Pokrovsk Historical Museum. The exhibition was created by the Center for Urban History (Lviv), the University of St. Andrews (UK), the Pokrovsk Historical Museum (Pokrovsk, Donetsk region), and the Mariupol Museum of Local Lore.
The exhibition is an attempt to take a critical look at the power of media, their mobilization potential, and their ability to explain the world. It focuses on the history of environmental consciousness and how visual images from photographs and films establish our framework for thinking about man and the natural environment. A closer look at archives and media works from the past allows us to see that nature has always been present and was a valuable and powerful actor in history, while man is only one of the living species on the planet.
The exhibition is based on photographs from the collections of the Pokrovsk Historical Museum, Donetsk Regional Museum of Local Lore, Druzhkivka Historical and Art Museum, Mariupol Museum of Local Lore, Museum of Druzhkivka School No. 12, Museum of the History of the City of Kramatorsk, Pshenychnyi Central Film, Photo, Phono Archive, Kraieznavets Club (Kramatorsk), and private archives of Yuriy Abramov, Kostyantyn Bialik, Victoria Maksymennyi, and Oleh Maksymennyi. Pshenychnyi Central Film and Photo Archive, Kraeznavets Club (Kramatorsk), as well as private archives of Yurii Abramov, Kostia Bialik, Viktoriia Donovan, Oleh Maksymenko, Anna Pylypiuk, Volodymyr Shypotilnykov, Dmytro Bilko, Kateryna Filonova. Digital versions of the photos are stored in the Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History.
Curators and authors of texts:
- Dmytro Bilko (independent researcher, culturologist)
- Victoria Donovan (St. Andrews University)
- Volodymyr Kulikov (Karazin Kharkiv National University, Central European University in Budapest),
- Iryna Sklokina (Center for Urban History)
The exhibition is implemented within the framework of the project "Un/archiving post/industry" supported by the House of Europe, Scottish Funding Council Overseas Development Assistance Global Challenges Research Fund, та the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AH/V001051/1].
Cover Image: Chicken farm, Petrovskyi State Farm in Pryazovia, 1957. Photo: Pavlo Kashkel/Mariupol Local History Museum // Urban Media Archive of the Center for Urban History