Oleksandr Chekmeniov


Oleksandr Chekmeniov was born in Luhansk, a city located in eastern Ukraine. He started his career as a photographer in a small photo studio in his hometown. In his free time, he photographed the people in the streets and homes who had been most affected by the economic crisis after the Soviet Union collapsed. His work gives an intimate and unique insider’s view on the transition of this eastern Ukrainian coal-mining region in the 1990s. He moved to Kyiv in 1997, where he works as a photojournalist. His work has been published in the New York Times Lens blog, Time’s Lightbox, the New Yorker’s Photo Booth, MSNBC, Qwartz etc.


Selected personal exhibitions:

exhibition in Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA, the Donbass and Passport series (2016); exhibition in the Palffy Palace gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, the Donbass series (2015); exhibition in the Clara Maria Sels gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, the Mad World series (2014).