Since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Russian militaries and authorities have committed multiple war crimes all over Ukraine in the form of deliberate attacks on civilian targets, abduction, illegal captivity and torture of civilians, torturing of POW, massacres of civilians, torture and rape of women and children, and indiscriminate attacks in densely populated areas.
Mykhaylo Palinchak with his photo series documents places of Russian war crimes all over Ukraine such as torture rooms in Kherson, a mass grave in Izum and Bucha, a basement in Yahidne village, destroyed civilian targets all over Ukraine, looted Kherson Fine Art Museum etc. The photo series highlights the cold void that the Russian world brings and leaves behind.
The photo series was done with fundamental support of IWM’s Documenting Ukraine program and The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.
'Highlight' photo project was exhibited during personal photography exhibition under the same name in Mala Gallery Art Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine, January 18 - February 25, 2024. Funding is provided trough IVLP Award program by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with Meridian International Center as the implementing partner. Partly 'Highlight' photo project was exhibited during collective exhibition "Generations of Resilience" in Hangar Photo Art Center (Brussels, Belgium) and group exhibition "Contra Spem Spero. Stories from Ukraine" in The International Centre of Photography (Palermo, Italy), Camera di Commercio (Genova, Italy), Fondazione Stelline (Milan, Italy), Mattatoio di Roma (Rome, Italy);
Mykhaylo Palinchak's photo project 'Highlight' was published in SZ Magazine (Germany) and Reporters. (Ukraine).