Installation view: So They Won’t Say We Don’t Remember, 2021
New City of Friends solo exhibition, Shcherbenko Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021
Photo: Maksym Bilousov


So They Won’t Say We Don’t Remember

Short film, video, color, sound, 24’ 35”

The film speaks about both hidden and visible elements of the post-industrial landscape of Donbas. In the film, locals, artists, and curators traverse the surface following one of the underground routes of the Novator mine. The ending point of the procession is the monument to the dead miners located just above the site of the underground accident, which led to the death of the workers and the subsequent closure of the mine in 1977. During the procession, people walk through the city, plowed fields and bushes connecting the ground and the underground space where “soil and people are intertwined in the inextricably linked choreography of the Gemeinschaft” (Gathercole, Lowenthal, 1994).

So They Won’t Say We Don’t Remember, 2021
Screening in Myrnohrad, Donetsk region, Ukraine, 2021 
Photo: Dmytro Chepurnyi
Directed and filmed by
Yarema Malashchuk and Roman Khimei

Performed by
Pavlo Aldoshyn

Sana Shahmuradova, Mykhailo Romanov, Viacheslav Vasilyuk, Markiian Matsiiovskyi, Lyudmyla Bayeva, Dmytro Rasskazov, Halyna Melnyk 

Andrii Nidzelskyi

Vadym Khudoliy

Сostumes and make-up
Alina Artiushenko

Produced by
Viktor Shevchenko

Additional footage from the movie
"Sniper. The White Raven", director Maryan Bushan, producer Artem Denysov

Special thanks to
Philip Sotnychenko