Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Himey
THEY WON'T SAY WE DON'T REMEMBER, 2021, 24'35''
The video is based on events surrounding a 1977 mining accident in the Donbas region that ultimately led to the mine’s closure. In the film, locals, artists and curators traverse the surface parallel to one of the underground routes of the Novator mine. The procession ends at the monument to the dead miners, which is located just above the site of the underground accident that led to their death. Participants walk across the post-industrial landscape of Donbas, over the ploughed fields, through bushes and courtyards, connecting the ground and the underground spaces through the choreography of their bodies.
YAREMA MALASHCHUK, *1993, and ROMAN HIMEY, *1992 in in Kolomyya, have been working at the interface between visual arts and cinema since 2013 and completed their camera studies at the Institute of Screen Arts in Kyiv. In their work they explore, among other things, groups and crowds as independent figures in history and culture. They were awarded the main prize of the PinchukArtCentre Prize (2020), the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize (2021), the short documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine Silente México (2019) and the Grand Prix of the Young Ukrainian Artists Award (2019). Her first documentary New Jerusalem won an award at Docudays 2020 and received the Special Mention Award at Kharkiv MeetDocs.