Photographer Oleksandr Chekmenyov at the Faces of Europe exhibition in Paris
The exhibition Faces of Europe (Visage(s) d’Europe) was opened in Paris on the occasion of Europe Day. The Ukrainian Institute provided the exhibition with works by Ukrainian photographer Oleksandr Chekmenev. Particularly, portraits from the series Citizens of Kyiv, taken during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In 2022, a portrait of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy taken by Oleksandr for the cover of TIME magazine was sold for $150,000 at a charity auction held by Forbes Ukraine. These funds were used to purchase generators for 75 children’s facilities that suffered during the occupation by the Russian invaders.
The Faces of Europe exhibition by EUNIC Paris brought together photographers to create a contemporary portrait of Europe. The focus is on the human aspect and everyday life.