INTER VITAM ET MORTEM | 2017
War lets loose all the destructive forces of mankind against itself. What kind of insanity is this? It takes away the dearest people and hope, breaks fate, ruins dreams.
War takes any meaning and breeds emptiness. An emptiness that burns all around leaving just ruins. Person’s mind, traumatized after the war,
reminds these deserted landscapes of ruins, that continue its existence misunderstood and forgotten, storing the memories of war.
Project INTER VITAM ET MORTEM is a reflection on the wars, which like cancer spread all over the earth. On the photos you can see my exploration of territories
of Eastern Ukraine devastated by the war, of places that were of high importance before and during the fights, but after were standing abandoned. I visited the places
where I was in 2014 while documenting the armed conflict in Donbas when everything was flooded with blood and lead. Areas that had recently witnessed bloody clashes,
now stood abandoned in absolute silence. Schools, hospitals, factories, checkpoints – they looked like forgotten monuments of war.
This project is about scars that wars leave in human souls. It’s about emptiness and loneliness. Wars change everyone and everything. Soldiers who come back from war
are most often forgotten by their state and misunderstood by their family and friends. Civil population, children, who faced the war, received big psychological traumas,
that remains for rest of their life. They had to leave along with their fear, anger, pain. Who won and who lost is not a question. In war, no one wins or loses. There is only destruction.
After facing the war myself, I already didn’t want to show its bloody, frightening appearance, nor to romanticize it. The commotion of death appears in these images as absolute silence.
I’m using landscape photography, a more intimate approach, to convey feelings more deeply. Sometimes thoughts of the past and the scars of war are much more painful for the people
and the country that survived the war than the battles themselves. These feelings will never stop. They will remain for their whole lives.