The time of exposure is the life span of an object in frame. In this regard, no photo is just a two-dimensional graphic composition – it always has the third, temporal dimension, the temporal depth. A photo is a time carrier, a time vessel. That means – a vessel of memory… But whose memory?.. Of the Face or the Thing or the Landscape which are still on the photo?.. Of the photographer?.. Having chosen photos as the material of the film and memory as the theme, we inevitably find ourselves in a labyrinth of our own and others’ memories, of our own and others’ time. And in seeking for the escape, we become a part of this labyrinth and the material of our own film.
Oleksandr Balahura was born in 1960 in Luboml. He graduated from the Faculty of History of Kyiv State University. From 1989 to 1998, he worked as a director at the Ukrainian Studio of Chronicle and Documentary Films and TV Projects. He has been living in Italy since 1998 with his wife and three children. He is an independent director who has made over 20 documentaries, which have been shown at international film festivals in Kyiv, Paris, Toronto, Florence, Tagliacozzo, etc. His first independent work, To Our Brothers and Sisters (1990) won the Grand Prix at the Florence festival.
To Our Brothers and Sisters (1990), Wings of a Butterfly (2008), Life Span of the Object in Frame (2012)