In Moscow at the Sakharov center, located on the street the Earthen Shaft, one of the visitors poured spray paint works presented at the exhibition of winners of the “Direct gaze” Alexander Vasyukovich and Sergei L. Loiko, dedicated to the war in Ukraine. This was reported on the page of the cultural center in Facebook. Media clarify that the attack was subjected to pictures made by the Belarusian photographer Vasyukovich.
“War is, first and foremost, sorrow, suffering, and death. Photography gives you the opportunity to see it. But in society there are people who are so poisoned by hatred that the public conversation about the tragedy of war becomes impossible”, – stated in the message.
“We don’t restore these works, because they will not be able to guarantee not only their safety but also the safety of visitors,” – said at the Sakharov center.
As said the Agency “Moscow” a source in law enforcement bodies, during the attack, the attacker called Vasyukovich a “fascist.” Life.ru it became known that the attack was subjected to photos with Ukrainian nationalists.
Witnesses told REN TVthat photo has angered one of the visitors – the candidate of philosophical Sciences artist Anton Belikov. The man did not like how the photographs depicted “the executioners, staged a provocation in the Crimea, and proposed to destroy the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s Republic, “the thugs was presented to bright people on the flowering fields.
REN TV published a video of the attack. It Belikov says the photographer: “I despise you. You – a shy fascist”, throws spray paint pictures and breaks to pieces, a couple of them from the wall.
Arrived at the scene, the guards tried to take the man to the police Department for the proceedings, but he managed to escape. Currently, the organizers decide on applying to the police for the incident. A search for the attacker.
The former Prime Minister of DNR Alexander Boroday in an interview with REN-TV called the display “disgusting”. He expressed the opinion that the author of the exhibition is definitely intended to “titillate the public and provoke people.”
In turn, the author of the photos Alexander found its explained REN TV, showed why executioners, staged a provocation in the Crimea, bright people in their photos. According to Vasyukovich, through his works, he would like to stop the conflict in the Donbas. Asked by reporters why he has depicted only one side of the conflict, found its replied that he didn’t have enough money for a trip to the DNI. “Look, no matter who is depicted in the photo. Even in these photos it is clear that people killed from both parties”, – said the photographer.
The contest of documentary photography “Direct gaze” is organized by the Sakharov centre, together with the Center of documentary photography Fotodoc. His topic was the problem of the relationship of man with society and government, as well as solutions to these problems. The contest has three categories: problem, conflict, and compromise. An international jury selects three winners in each category, nine finalists have the opportunity to show the photographs in the exhibition.
Over the past few days it already the second case of attack on the submitted photographs. Since September 25 the Ukrainian unemployed, an activist of the SERB nationalist movement Alexander Petrunko poured hydrogen sulfide mud (originally reported – urine) of the exhibition “Without embarrassment” of American photographer Jock Sturges in the Center of photography Lumiere brothers in Moscow.
On Monday Petrunko for disorderly conduct was sentenced to seven days of arrest. The exhibition itself, where the incident occurred, was closed after a major scandal – that members of the public suspect that in the works of Sturges contains child pornography.