Opening Reception – Ukrainian Perspectives: Photography from the 1940s—Now

Opening Reception - Ukrainian Perspectives: Photography from the 1940s—Now


April 12, 2023    
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Chashama – New York, NY
227 West 29th Street, New York, NY

In Ukraine, Magnum Photos and Spilka in partnership with Razom are pleased to present Ukrainian Perspectives: Photography from the 1940s—Now, a joint photography multimedia exhibition. Accompanying the exhibition will be five live and online panel events covering a range of critical topics surrounding the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the role of photography in today’s landscape, and decolonization in Ukrainian art. On April 12th, there will also be an auction of many of the works on view benefitting Spilka’s crucial relief work on the ground in Ukraine.

This exhibition, curated by Fred Ritchin and Ira Lupu, offers a visual response to political pressures that have been shaping Ukrainian representation for centuries, reclaiming narrative control by offering a glimpse into the daily lives of Ukrainians from their own points of view. Ukrainian Perspectives gives unprecedented access to a combination of archival images of pre-2014 Ukraine and war coverage by Magnum photographers, photos of post-2014 everyday life from Ukrainian photographers, and projections from all groups of participants. The show explores Ukraine and Ukrainians beyond the parameters of war, giving viewers a window into the lives of the people not just surviving the present moment, but also shaping their future.

Partners: Magnum Foundation, Razom for Ukraine, Supreme Printing, PICTO NY, Saint Javelin, DYSTURB

Participating Artists

Magnum Photos: Antoine D’Agata, Bruno Barbey, Carolyn Drake, Emin Özmen, Herbert List, Jerome Sessini, Jim Goldberg, Josef Koudelka, Larry Towell, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Peter Marlow, Rafal Milach, Robert Capa, Sabiha Çimen

In Ukraine: Elena Subach, Ira Lupu, Maxim Dondyuk, Sasha Maslov, Yana Kononova, Yelena Yemchuk