"There are no tyrannies that would not try to limit art, because they can see the power of art. Art can tell the world things that cannot be shared otherwise. It is art that conveys feelings."

 - Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine 

Уяви Україну – Маленькі та великі історії / Imagine Ukraine – Small and Big Stories

© Sergey Bratkov. Photo: Pat Verbruggen
Army girls / Армійські дівчата, 2000
Photography , 10 x (90 x 60 cm)

Army Girls is an example of Bratkov's more documentary photo series. All pictures were taken at the nuclear department of Ukrainian Military Academy, in the girl's section. Typically for Bratkov, these photographs contain subtle references to military photography of the Soviet Union, in spite of their realism. They exude a strange air of nostalgia and melancholy, which makes all the more sense considering that Ukraine hasn't had a nuclear program since the fall of the Soviet Union.