© Julia Polunina-But
From the book: Barricade
Julia Polunina-But, young photographer from Simferopol was on Maidan from the first days, but she found her photographic subject only to the period after clashes on Grushevskogo street.
Helping in the darkest days of protest to build barricades by filling bags with snow, Julia soon drew particular attention to the design, literally resembling medieval protective fence. To convey details “texture” of the barricades built of all that came to hand – bags, debris, boards, fragments of furniture and even cars – and its extent, the photographer made a lot of individual images, which are then glued into a panorama. The book is packed in a small bag – similar those which had used in real barricades.
This photo book can be called rather the art object – publication of four and a half meters long. Using the format of the book layout, she is trying to convey the impression of a real Maidan barricade.
Book description by © Alina Sandulyak
Barricade (fr. Barricade) is a handmade barrier fortification built with construction debris, wood, furniture, barrels, boxes, concrete blocks or cars. Barricades are most often constructed in a narrow section of the road or street and used as shields from the attacking opponents or as fighting positions in street fights. The first barricades were built in the Middle Ages in Paris.
The protesters in Kyiv erected numerous barricades during the protests of the late 2013 and early 2014 to protect the area of the Maidan from the police and internal troops who had been trying to crush the tent town and terrorizing activists from day one of the Maidan.
This barricade on Hrushevskoho Street, the one leading to the government district, was built after the police shot the first protesters dead in January 2014.
The special police units destroyed the barricade during the assault of Maidan on February 18, 2014. On February 20, the protesters rebuilt it after a counterattack, now with road tiles.
About Julia Polunina-But
Born in 1985 in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, which is occupied now by Russia. Artist. Engaged in photography since 2012. Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. Member of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative (UPHA) and the group «L∞K».
Julia won the Grand Prix in Ukrainian Photographer of the Year-2014 with her work “Barricade”. She also released a book with the same name, Leporello length of 4 meters, which was her debut. This book and the work visited many festivals in Europe and the USA.
website and book information: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaPoluninaBut