The main topic of the photo exhibition is the human relations amid the war, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"I wanted to show through my pictures that people experience the same emotions in war and in peaceful life, regardless of their political and ideological views: fear, boredom, desire to be in the team, fear of loneliness, stress. If I was asked to characterize my works in one phrase, I would say: paradoxically, war is life," the photojournalist said.
The photographs, which were taken by him in Donbas, depict not only Ukrainian citizens, but the soldiers of the Georgian Legion as well. "It is important to know that many foreigners fight on the side of the Ukrainian army. It seems that all the borders are erased, that people get united in order to fight against the common enemy. Those, who are fighting together with the Ukrainian army, are fighting against the Russian aggression in general, be it in Ukraine or in Georgia. Those, who are fighting on the separatist side, are fighting against Europe, because Ukrainians have already become Europeans," the French photojournalist shares his opinion.
Mathieu Radoubé is convinced that the war in Ukraine has long become international. "In fact, the big war is going on not in Avdiivka. The big war, the war of two different ideologies, is going on in the offices in Kyiv, in Moscow, in Washington. This war was unleashed by Russia in order to regain its former greatness. This is the war between the old and the new worlds," he said.
The current exhibition is the second part of a large photo project by Mathieu Radoubé. The first part – the photo exhibition "It Is Possible" – was held in the city of Rennes, France, in 2015. The photographer wanted to show that the war is going on in modern Europe, the war connected with politics and economy. Unlike the first part, the current exhibition is dedicated to an ordinary person who is forced to live amid the war. The third part of the photo project, in which the author plans to show that a person can destroy, is currently underway.
Mathieu Radoubé, a French researcher and photojournalist, came to Ukraine after the Maidan protests. During the three years of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, he has repeatedly traveled to the ATO zone, was in the town of Slavyansk at the time of its liberation by the Ukrainian forces, have been to Shyrokyne, Avdiivka and Marinka in eastern Ukraine.
The current photo exhibition presents not only photos of Mathieu Radoubé taken in Donbas, but also the photos from the front line in Iraq in 2016, just a few kilometers away from the advanced positions of the ISIS combatants.
The photo exhibition "To Live. Person in the War" will last in Kyiv until June 30. Afterwards, it is planned to be presented in a number of other Ukrainian cities.
The photos shown at the exhibition can also be viewed on the personal website of the photojournalist.