Roman Pyatkovka

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, 1955. Lives and works in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Member of the National Union of Photo Artists of Ukraine (since 1989). Senior Lecturer Media Communications. Vasyl Karazin Kharkiv National University.

«I never thought that photography would be the meaning of my life. For a long time I worked in the Drama Theatre of the main artist on the light, for 8 years. At one point I realized that this work - not what I wanted to do in the future, left her and became interested in artistic photography. Boris Mikhailov is one of the most famous photo-artists of the world (as well as winner of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography) became my teacher and mentor.

 Since then I have been held for more than 70 collective and individual photo exhibitions. My photography spans across a wide range of techniques and subject matter. I explore local issues and concerns, the interplay of present and past in socio-cultural contexts. Soviet and Post-Soviet Ukraine — a reconsideration of what appears now (in retrospect) as a somewhat confused field of inquiry: the nature of the post-Soviet era itself. Thanks to the exhibition has become a well-known projects such as: "Ghosts. Famine 30-ies", "I come from childhood", "Games of libido", "Bitch Love", and now they are displayed in collections: Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow, Russia), National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) (Moscow, Russia), Museum of Ken Damy (Bresha, Italy), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow, Russia), The Navigator Foundation (Boston, USA), ARTOTHEK (Nürnberg, Germany).

In April, 2013 I was awarded the Sony World Photography Awards Conceptual Photographer of the Year title.