let us not fall asleep while walking by David Denil
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Shortlisted for The Rencontres d’Arles Author Book award
Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking explores the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine by focusing on aspects of daily life, rather than the war itself. It is a collaborative project in which Denil has worked with Ukranian people to translate their individual experiences and thoughts. It is as if time is frozen, though the dreams and the hopes remain.
Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 after which it declared itself a neutral state. In 2013, protests broke out in downtown Kiev after president Yanukovych’s government decided to suspend the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement and at the same time strengthen the economic ties with Russia. Months of demonstrations and protests known as The Euromaidan, escalated into the 2014 Ukrainian revolution which ultimately resulted in the over- throwing of Yanukovych and the establishment of a new government. These events preceded both the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 and the still ongoing War in Donbass.
In collaboration with the citizens of Kiev, ‘Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking’ shapes their experience into metaphorical depictions where time seems frozen but dreams of hope still linger. The series, which consists of 137 photos to match the death toll of the Euromaidan riots, is an attempt to capture the repercussions of this period for Ukrainian citizens.