Ukraine, Luhansk, 1994
Aleksandr Chekmenev

From the series “Passport”
42,5 x 55 cm

The unmediated images from the ‘Passport’ series by Alexander Chekmenev confront us with their immediacy and decay of a natural human body. His documentary photographs from 1994 put on display the most vulnerable—elderly and immobile people in the Ukrainian city of Lugansk subdued into a brutal passportisation procedure. Images taken in their home (and often in their underwear) disclose the institutional power over a body, its ‘natural’ decomposition, and the figure of the one who is capable of capturing this state—an artist and (maybe) his viewer.

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