The-REFUGEE-Memorial

Oksana Chepelyk

Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine) – «Letter from Ukraine», 2014, 7:31
“Letter from Ukraine” video, fed by obscured history and political urgencies acts as a catalyst for the culturally charged encounters – a shared breath – that materialize in the performance. It is referring to the civilisational breaks we live now on the background with unnoticeable changes. It is questioning why Europe feels uncomfortable to solidarize with the victims of Russian aggression? Film is based on real events and eyewitnesses of the refugees from Donbass. Film, in which Ukraine tests its own coefficient of independence. But also the coefficient of the world independence can be fatal. Dedicated to all «deeply concerned» about war.

Oksana Chepelyk (Ukraine) – «Face to Face», 2014, 10:00
“Face to Face”, fed by obscured history and political urgencies acts as a catalyst for the culturally charged encounters – a shared breath – that materialize in video. Film is based on real events and eyewitnesses of the refugees from Donbass (Ukraine) and from Nairobi (Kenya). Two women – one from Ukraine, another from Kenya sitting next to each other on the sand – speak about the circumstances of their escape to Italy. There they are learning how to live without war followed in Kenya after the presidential election of 2008 in Ukraine with Russian agression. Dedicated to all «deeply concerned» about war.

Oksana Chepelyk
was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, finished Art Institute, Kyiv, 1978-1984, followed post-graduate course, Moscow, 1986-1988, Residency Program, CREDAC, Paris, 1996, New Media Study Program, Banff Centre, Canada, 1998, Bauhaus Dessau, Germany, 2000-2002, UCLA, USA, 2003-2004 & 2010-2011. She has shown her works at the festivals worldwide: in New York, London, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Osnabruck, Montecatini, Linz, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Oberhausen, Liverpool, Belo Horizonte, Karlovy Vary, Venice /A category/, Chisinau, Weimar, Tel-Aviv, Ankara, Pesaro, Santa Fe, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Sebastopol, Sarajevo and Clermont-Ferrand. 1999 AIDO FilmVideo Award, Italy. 2003 Werklietz Award, EMAF, Osnabruck, Germany. 2013 Cinemadamare Award, Venice IFF, Italy.