Maydan – Hundred Portraits by Émeric Lhuisset
Published by Andre Frere Editions (2014)
Named for Kiev’s central square that became the theatre of pro-EU, anti-government demonstrations in late 2013 – and the situation’s escalation when protesters were fired upon, leading to the deaths of more than 100 people – this series of portraits by Émeric Lhuisset brings us to February 2014 and in contact with the faces of the revolution. Although anchored in a specific time and context, the series conveys a shared, universal sense of hope. Whether in the eyes of a young nurse or an elderly Cossack, one can read the same determination and commitment. Together with brief interviews written in six languages, each portrait on newspaper print is a testimony to recent history.