NEW DISCOVERY AWARD - WINNER OF THE PUBLIC CHOICE’S AWARD
CURATED BY SÉBASTIEN DUPUY
Sparks is a multidimensional portrait of a forgotten but still raging contemporary European conflict: the war in Ukraine. Ukrainians are fighting each other, with government forces on one side and pro-Russian separatists on the other. Wiktoria Wojciechowska went in search of combatants and victims to recount its impact on the lives of ordinary people. The title, Sparks, refers to incandescent shrapnel that mercilessly pierces the walls of houses. Civilians living near the front call it Іскри or iskry, in Ukrainian. Looking up at a hail of burning fragments, they know it is already too late to seek shelter. The “sparks” signal death and fear. Combining photographs, collage, film and symbolic images of armed conflict with pictures and words collected from combatants, Sparks offers several perceptions of war.
Winner of the Rencontres d’Arles Public's Choice Award 2018
Winner of the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles 2018
Wiktoria Wokciechowska, The squad of nine killed and eight wounded, from the series of Golden Collages - Sparks, collage on picture from a soldier’s mobile phone’s, 2015-2016. Courtesy of the artist.
Wiktoria Wokciechowska, Andriy, 27, astronomy graduate, picture was taken after he spent 9 months in the war zone, Ukraine, March 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Wiktoria Wokciechowska, A bridge in Semenivka – one of the first front lines. Semenivka, ATO zone (war zone), Ukraine, March 2015. Courtesy of the artist.