Common People

photo, installation

According to statistics,5-10% of the planet’s population is homosexual. In homophobic, conservative countries, places where gays are persecuted and where their rights are not protected by law, they survive by staying in the “closet”.

The project consists of several dozen impersonal portraits (manually spoiled or initially taken without faces) of Ukrainian gays who hide their homosexuality from others, i.e. family, colleagues, friends.

The portrait is often perceived as one of the most honest genres of photography. It should reveal the personality and character of a human. The destruction of portraits, hiding of the faces of the heroes is a symbolic act. 

Installation at Mystetskiy Arsenal in Kyiv in 2021: 

Installation at Circulation(s) Festival in Paris in 2020: