Artwork information

30x45 cm
The photographer's private archive
Additional notes
“I purchased firearm to protect my family and it stayed in the safe unused for a while. I did’t know what to do with it. Now I practice and attend seminars for guns owners. It became my hobby today. The more I practice, the less my confidence that I will ever apply a gun against a human. Have you ever seen a metal target after the real shot from shotgun? It looks terrifying. Even when shooting at а target you realize it can be a human. I'll avoid the use of a gun at any cost. Only in extremely dangerous case will fire.” Alexander, 39 years old, entrepreneur, posing in his apartment in Kiev with shotgun, which he bought 2012 to protect his family.
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On the verso side: inscription “Андрей Ломакин, ‘Амулет’, 2015, 1/5”

Key words
climbing framefirearmman

About the artist


Andriy Lomakin (1974, Pripyat) — Ukrainian photographer. In 1999 graduated from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute on the faculty of electronic engineering. Practices mixed martial arts, gave up sports because of traumas. Worked as a photographer at a sport magazine. Since 2008 till 2014 was a staff photographer of Tyzhden magazine. In 2014 starts switches to his personal freelance projects. They are aimed at the research of the social landscape of Ukraine, combining documentary photography and working with archives (Forgotten Victories, Two Lives). Winner of “Photographer of the Year” grand-prix (2017) for the Amulet series (2015), and Allard Prize for Maidan Revolt (2014).

Photo credit – Alexandr Chekmenev

2003 — “20 кивських фотографів. Позиція”, as a part of Kyiv Month of Photography “Фотобієнале 2003”, “Лавра” gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine

2003 — “Media Eye Ukraine”, Kyiv, Ukraine

2005 — “Київ, 24 години”, “Ра” gallert, Kyiv, Ukraine

2012 — screening as a part of “Третий глаз” symposium, School of contemporary photography “Photoplay”, Moscow, Russia

2013 — multimedia screening programme “Пам’ять”, as a part of “Візії” festival, Mueum “Kyiv Fortress”, Kyiv, Ukraine

2013 — screening as a part of Tbilisi Photofestival, Tbilisi, Georgia

2013 — 3rd place in “Фотограф року”, contest Kyiv, Ukraine

2013 —“PHOTOVISA” festival contest, Multimedia contest, Krasnodar, Russia

2014 — “Die Ukraine nach dem Maidan. Ein dramatischer Frühling”, city hall, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

2014 — “Euromaidan: The True Story”, as a part of “Kolga Photofestival”, TBC gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia (curator — Khrystyna Shestak)

2014 — “Євромадйан: власна історія”, 8 bit Gallery, Kyiv. Ukraine (curator — Khrystyna Shestak)

2015 — 2nd place in “Фотограф року”, Kyiv, Ukraine

2015 — screening as a part of Odesa/Batumi Photo Days 2015 programme, Batumi, Georgia

2015 — screening as a part of Tbilisi Photofestival, Tbilisi, Georgia

2015 — screening as a part of “WORLD PRESS PHOTO ’15”, Kyiv, Ukraine

2015 — screening as a part of “Photo Kathmandu 2015”, Kathmandu, Nepal

2016 — screening as a part of Odessa//Batumi Photo Days 2016 programme, Batumi, Georgia

2016 — 2nd place in NPPA Best of Photojournalism” contest, Portrait & Personality (Single) category

2016 — International festival Photometria International Festival, Ioannina, Greece

2016 — solo exhibition, IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, Ukraine

2016 — screening “The Collective Unconscious project”, Chiang Mai Month of Photography, Chiang Mai, Thailand

2016 —Photo Romania festival, Durgau-Valea Sarata, Romania

2017 — Gran-prix of “Фотограф року” contest, Kyiv, Ukraine

2017 — group show of Odessa//Batumi Photo Days 2017, Odesa, Ukraine

2017 — фотографічна нагорода Alfred Fried Photography Award, group exhibition, Paris, France

2018 — “N-Ost Reportagepreis 2018”, Berlin, Germany

2019 — “Love, Lust & Fury”, Klaipeda CCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania (curator — Darius Vaičekauskas, co-curator — Galyna Gleba)

2019 — “UPHA Made in Ukraine”, AKT art space, Kyiv, Ukraine (curators — Victoria Bavykina, Maksim Horbatskiy, Yarolsav Solop, art director — Misha Buksha)

2019 — winner of “Eastern Partnership”, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany

2019 — Х International Biennale “Phodar”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Connors, Amy. “Forgotten Victories”. The New Yorker, February 6, 2016.

Lomakin, Andrey. “Photos: war-ready Ukrainians pose with their household guns”. Quartz, May 5, 2015.

Petrou, Michael. “In Ukraine, a guns becomes a necessary tool”. Maclean’s, January 10, 2016.

Yaffa, Joshua. “Ukraine, a “Supermarket” for Guns”. The New Yorker, January 17, 2017.

“Андрей Ломакин: «У публики нет понимания другой фотографии, мы упустили нужный момент»”. ArtsLooker, May 27, 2017.

Ломакин, Андрей [Lomakin, Andrey]. “ Жаркие. Майские. Твои”. Bird In Flight, April 30, 2015.

Ломакин, Андрей [Lomakin, Andrey]. “ Из Припяти с опаской: Чернобыльская авария в воспоминаниях одной семьи”. Bird In Flight, April 26, 2017.

Ломакин, Андрей [Lomakin, Andrey]. “Забытые победы: Эфемерность спортивной славы в проекте Андрея Ломакина”. Bird In Flight, December 24, 2015.

Ломакин, Андрей [Lomakin, Andrey]. “Тихие воды: Река безмятежного детства в проекте Андрея Ломакина”. Bird In Flight, August 24, 2015.

Ломакін, Андрій [Lomakin, Andrey]. “Повернення додому: кого й навіщо притягує покинуте місто?”. Тиждень, April 26, 2012.

Семеник, Оксана [Semenyk, Oksana]. “Франкенштейн, или «тело» в современной украинской фотографии”. YourArt, January 20, 2020.



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