Marysia Myanovska

OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?

Marysia Myanovska

Ukraine

OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?

The Troyeshchyna district of Kyiv, Ukraine, is the place where we were born and spent our childhood. Separated by a river, it is the largest dormitory suburb in Europe - a ghetto for working class people, who lost their jobs and their confidence in the future. My older brother personified the first generation of young people in the independent Ukraine of the 1990s. He entered the world of criminality, heroin chic, MTV, sex and the first wave of techno. 

Live fast, die young. 

I saw his life and his ‘lost generation’. I heard a lot from my brother, I saw a lot with my own eyes. Due to the big difference in age, I did not always understand.

My brother died in 2018. 

This project explores how time and place affect a person's destiny. I use my own memories about my brother, the memories of people who were his friends and grew up with him, and reflect them to the same places today. I recreate fragments of his own biography and explore how young people have changed in the last 15 years.


Grisha

Grisha

Tima, Nov 2019

Tima, Nov 2019

Nothern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Nothern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Destruction due to air strike, Apr 2022

Destruction due to air strike, Apr 2022

Maria and Oleg, Mar 2021

Maria and Oleg, Mar 2021

Thermal Power Station on the North edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Thermal Power Station on the North edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Victoria, Jun 2022

Victoria, Jun 2022

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Mar 2021

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Mar 2021

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Apr 2022

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Apr 2022

Grisha and Slava, Apr 2022

Grisha and Slava, Apr 2022

Grisha and Tima, Mar 2021

Grisha and Tima, Mar 2021

Victoria, Apr 2022

Victoria, Apr 2022

Volonteer defender, Aug 2022

Volonteer defender, Aug 2022

River Desna, Southern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

River Desna, Southern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Northwestern edge of Troyeshchyna, Aug 2022

Northwestern edge of Troyeshchyna, Aug 2022

Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

Tima at his home, Nov 2019

Tima at his home, Nov 2019

In the middle of Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

In the middle of Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

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Grisha

Grisha

Tima, Nov 2019

Tima, Nov 2019

Nothern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Nothern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Destruction due to air strike, Apr 2022

Destruction due to air strike, Apr 2022

Maria and Oleg, Mar 2021

Maria and Oleg, Mar 2021

Thermal Power Station on the North edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Thermal Power Station on the North edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Victoria, Jun 2022

Victoria, Jun 2022

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Mar 2021

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Mar 2021

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Apr 2022

Maria and her sister Alexandra, Apr 2022

Grisha and Slava, Apr 2022

Grisha and Slava, Apr 2022

Grisha and Tima, Mar 2021

Grisha and Tima, Mar 2021

Victoria, Apr 2022

Victoria, Apr 2022

Volonteer defender, Aug 2022

Volonteer defender, Aug 2022

River Desna, Southern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

River Desna, Southern edge of Troyeshchyna, Nov 2019

Northwestern edge of Troyeshchyna, Aug 2022

Northwestern edge of Troyeshchyna, Aug 2022

Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

Tima at his home, Nov 2019

Tima at his home, Nov 2019

In the middle of Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

In the middle of Troyeshchyna, Apr 2022

Marysia Myanovska

About Marysia Myanovska

Marysia Myanovska is a Ukrainian photographer, born on February 15 1990 in Kyiv, and currently based between Kyiv, Ukraine, and Cracow, Poland. She is a graduate of the Victor Marushchenko School of Modern Photography, and works on projects about Ukrainian youth in ghetto districts, exploring connections between the territory and the people who inhabit it. Her works have been published in Camera Austria, The Calvert Journal, Vice, and Bird in Flight magazine.

She is the winner of the Street Child UK project 2023, finalist of Futures photography 2023, finalist of the Hamburg Portfolio Review 2022, participant of the exhibition curated by the Hamburg Portfolio Review in Altonaer Museum, Hamburg 2022, and winner of the 2022 Nikon Noor Workshop for Photojournalists in Dusseldorf. Myanovska is co-author of the concept series for Serhiy Zhadan's art book Psalm of Aviation in 2021. She also participated in the “Connection Attempt” group exhibition at the Malaya Gallery of Mystetski Arsenal in Kyiv, 2021, and the “In the Name of Freedom 2.0” group exhibition at the A/E Gallery, Potsdam in 2022.