UKRAINE: Zelyonka (brilliant green)


The title is taken from the name of a Soviet antiseptic solution; administered to abrasions, cuts and small wounds. After application, a green stain remains on the skin for many days. During Ukraine’s violent demonstrations, some protestors used the brilliant green solution as a means of public shaming: attacking political figures and those in power known to be involved in criminal activities.

Beyond the apocalyptic scenes of Kiev’s Maidan this project takes a slower, prolonged look at the effects of living within an entrenched kleptocratic society and the limitations placed on Ukraine’s untapped potential.