Kiev photographs by Mari Shibata

Statue of evidence showing the revolution did happen

Statue of evidence showing the revolution did happen

And those who are prepared for another revolution guarding it

And those who are prepared for another revolution guarding it

Size of Euromaidan barricades overwhelms locals passing through

Size of Euromaidan barricades overwhelms locals passing through.

Messages of protest continue to tower over entrance to Kiev's independence square a month after violent clashes

Messages of protest continue to tower over entrance to Kiev’s independence square a month after violent clashes

Outside the intensity of independence square, life goes on as commuters make their shopping trip

Outside the intensity of independence square, life goes on as commuters make their shopping trip

Finally some street photography – these images are intended to focus on small day to day moments amongst people of the Euromaidan rather than the huge rallies, action and protest that have made the news (or the kitchen that EVERYONE shoots for weekend features)…

Some have already begun drinking in Kiev as polls open in Crimea for referendum vote on Russian sovereignty Pro-European kitchen backyard as they prepare breakfast A feminine ribbon showing Ukrainian pride as tough citizen guard makes morning calls Morning smoke for residents and guards of the Maidan Father and son walk through a street littered with pain Crowd gathers around newly curated Putin graffiti in the run up to referendum vote in Crimea A boy listens into conversation with passers by as his father heats up tent Ping Pongers of the Maidan (1)

Historical quotes and protest mems decorate an inactive bus stop And behind the memorial, the aftermath of the burnt barricades remain Clay models among the flowers depict Ukranians trumping the Russians A bloody last serenade to those killed in clashes Painful memories outnumber death figures

 

Synopsis: The well-documented Ukrainian revolution of February 2014 captured a series of violent events in the capital of Kiev, that culminated with the ousting of the then-President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Unlike the newsmakers whose coverage focused on violent scenes in Independence Square and the immediate aftermath of events that killed 88 on 18th February, I visited Kiev a month after at a time where many shifted to Crimea to document the beginnings of the next chapter of the crisis. These shots in Kiev were taken when the vote on Russian sovereignty was taking place in Crimea, documenting the Euromaidans during off-peak hours when they were not taking part in rallies. Their sense of calm after the storm prompted togetherness and peace, despite knowing that the outcome of the referendum would inevitably be pro-Russian. Moving away from my instincts as a filmmaker, I switched to the medium of photography on this occasion to stop and observe the human side of these protesters that may have been missed before.

Bio: Portfolio Website (currently moving domain from Tumblr, should be working well within 48 hours): http://theinterculturalist.com
Twitter: @intercultralist
Tumblr: http://the-interculturalist.tumblr.com
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/shibatamari/
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/theinterculturalist

Advertisements

What do YOU think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s