The first part is based on my 2016 year's project «Chromakey».
Chromakey («green screen») is a concept which came to our life and language from film-making sphere with digital technologies developing. It is a background on which is possible to draw everything using computer programs.
When the initial enthusiasm about possibilities in creating new realities subsided anxiety and distrust came to people's minds instead. In the times of simulacra and hyper-reality when we are not totally sure what around us is real
the «green screen» has become the most obvious and demonstrative simulacrum. While watching movies we still
have a hope that beautiful landscape and fantastic machines which are being shown to us on the screen are real,
and the special effects really can bring danger. But when we notice or intuitively suspect chromakey presence
we feel ourselves betrayed by how the simulation tries to persuade us that it is real.
This project is a series of famous photos of events which have influenced on world history, on our lives, society, people around. These are the images of wars, revolutions and catastrophes. Photography is a medium which impresses with clearly understood realism of depicted events. Nuclear explosion in Nagasaki, Vietnamese children burned with napalm, lynch processes in America of 30's – all these events really took place in our past and real people participated in them, people like us. This understanding makes photos tragically serious and important. We respect these images and
we respect these events, make them sacred. Virtually placing these events on the «green screen» I move them from
the sphere of reality to the cinematographic sphere – from the sphere of full understanding of their realism to the sphere of absolute surrealism. This action is intended to reveal the truly meaning of these events – the things like that should never happen because of their surrealistic, unnatural nature. Terrorism, riots and with them hypocritical political games undoubtedly shouldn't be according to laws of humanism and good sense. The main object of this artwork
is to pull off the veil of significance and weight of these events in the people's view, to critisize the fact that they are still possible to occure. Through the keen sense of the absurdity of what is happening cause the viewer to rebel against that kind of events, against the fact that they are permissible, to replace respect (respect means permission) with categorical rejection of them.
The project «Chromakey» was realized as part of the festival of youth projects in the field of contemporary art
«Non Stop Media VIII» in 2016 in the Municipal Gallery (Kharkiv, Ukraine).
Also in this part I included the four-channel collage of several videos taken from the open online sources. In this collage the documental footage of the famous historical events is mixed with the stills from famous Hollywood blockbusters,
so that the border between history and fiction becomes almost indistinguishable.