The Dignity of Revolution
By Brendan Hoffman
As winter settled over Ukraine in late 2013, Kyiv exploded into crisis. President Viktor Yanukovych announced that he would abandon a promised trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of support from Russia. Thousands of people took to the streets in protest over a culture of official corruption which they feared would only deepen amid closer ties to Russia.
For nearly two months the occupation of Independence Square—the “Maidan”—remained largely peaceful. But beginning in late January, heightened violence by police brought an aggressive response from protesters, and they fought back from behind barricades of burning tires with Molotov cocktails and rocks launched by massive slingshots. With the crisis reaching new depths in late February, President Yanukovych lashed out and over 80 people were killed when government snipers opened fire on protesters. Two days later, Yanukovych was forced out of office amid evaporating political support.
2015 Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia (projection)
2015 Getty Images Gallery, London, UK (group)
2015 Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC (group, juried exhibition)
2014 Zoom Photo Festival, Saguenay, Quebec, Canada (solo)
2014 Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore (solo)
2014 Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Berlin, Germany (group)
2014 Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales (group)
2014 “Euromaidan: The True Story” 8 Bit Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine (group)
Battered Ukrainian City of Mariupol Braces for Worst as Rebels Close In, The New York Times