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Mala Gallery of Mystetskyi Arsenal presents the exhibition “Highlight” by Ukrainian photographer Mykhaylo Palinchak

On Junuary 18, the Laboratory of Contemporary Art Mala Gallery of the Mystetskyi Arsenal will present the exhibition of the photographer Mykhaylo Palinchak Highlight.

On January 18, the exhibition will be open from 17:00. The exhibition will last until February 25, 2024.

«Bringing to light is a common phrase journalists use to refer to their work, especially after February 24, 2022. They are looking for ways to “cover the war” in the right way. Highlight stands for explaining something in detail and focusing on what is happening here and now in Ukraine. It means making it visible. […] To bring something to light also means to testify. And thus, to register the lack of light and the vanishingness of events.

Mykhaylo Palinchak takes pictures with a flash and, through that, indicates the photographer’s presence. In the places where the most evil things have already happened: in houses destroyed by aerial bombs, torture chambers, execution sites, and mass burial locations. In Kherson, Izium, Bucha, Yahidne, and the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. And where life, transformed by the knowledge of the worst, seems ordinary: volunteer hubs, IDP flats, and summer landscapes. The flash reveals the photography process: hands holding weapons, cooking food, and painting trophy armed vehicles are outlined and exposed for public viewing. Here and now, in a moment that drags on and turns into the state of being doomed. Photographs do not absorb reality or anaesthetise it», — Olena Huseinova. 

Mykhailo Palinchak’s photo works about the irreversible consequences of war, the most terrible war crimes, and insurmountable pain are like a look into the darkest corners of reality. 

❗ The exhibition contains highly sensitive photos.

The exhibition will be open from January 18 to February 25, 2024
Open hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12:00—19:00. Monday and Tuesday — closed
On January 18, the exhibition will be open from 17:00
Free entrance

❗ We care about everyone’s safety, so in case of an air raid alert, the exhibition will be closed. At this time, you can go to the nearest shelter. The exhibition will start working after the end of an air raid alert. In case of emergency power outages, we will additionally inform you about the opening hours on our social media.

Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with Meridian International Center as the implementing partner.

Михайло Палінчак (1985, Ужгород) — український документальний та вуличний фотограф, який наразі живе та працює в Києві. Закінчив факультет Міжнародної економіки Інституту міжнародних відносин Київського національного університету ім. Т. Шевченка. Фотографувати почав у 2008 році. З 2012 член Української фотографічної альтернативи (УФА). 3 2014 по 2019 роки офіційний фотограф Президента України. Засновник платформи Untitled присвяченій українській фотографії. Співзасновник спільноти «Українська вулична фотографія» – платформи для популяризації, дискусії та обміну досвідом у сфері вуличної фотографії в Україні. Автор фотокниги «Анамнез» (2020) та арт-видання «Обличчя Майдану» (2020). Його фотографії зберігаються в приватних та музейних колекціях.