Ukraine – Hundred Hidden Faces

Civilians up in Arms

Émeric Lhuisset


290 x 412 mm (tabloid)240 pp108 imagestext by Mykola Riabchuk | all texts in Ukrainian, Russian, English, German, French, Polish
ISBN 9789082870855publication date: 30/06/2022

In 2014, Émeric Lhuisset portrayed 100 residents of Kyiv in the square as a tribute to the more than 100 people who died in the fighting with Yanukovych’s troops on Maydan. They all answered two questions:
– What do you hope will happen next?
– What do you think will happen?

Eight years later, their answers are still just as moving and confrontational.

In March 2022, Émeric Lhuisset returned to Ukraine. His aim was to make another hundred portraits, this time of resistance fighters throughout Ukraine. Lhuisset: ‘Some have taken up arms, others manufacture camouflage nets or Molotov cocktails, others help with logistics or care for the wounded. They are the Ukrainian civil resistance. They are people who have left their ordinary lives to fight.

Their faces are hidden for now. They must be protected because many of them will may have to continue the fight clandestinely. One day their faces will be visible to all. Their portraits will be displayed on the day Ukraine regains its full sovereignty. The day the resistance won.”

As in Maydan – Hundred Portraits, text and image are equally important. The questions the sitters answered remained the same as in 2014:
– What would you like to see happening now?
– What do you think will happen?

  • Émeric Lhuisset (1983) holds degrees in both visual arts (École des Beaux-Arts, Paris) and geopolitics (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne / ENS Ulm). As a photographer Lhuisset combines geopolitics with art by raising questions about the representation of conflicts. His projects took him for instance to Syria, Afghanistan, Colombia and Iraq. His work has been featured at the Running Horse Contemporary Art Space in Beirut (LB), FRAC Alsace (FR) and Tate Modern (UK) amongst others. Lhuisset currently teaches at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po).

    Mykola Riabchuk (1953) is an Ukrainian political analyst and writer, and honorary chairman of the Ukrainian PEN Center. He is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of advanced studies in Paris. His most recent books (in English) are ‘Eastern Europe since 1989: Between the Loosened Authoritarianism and Unconsolidated Democracy’ (Warsaw, 2020), and ‘At the Fence of Metternich’s Garden. Essays on Europe, Ukraine, and Europeanization’ (Stuttgart, 2021).

  • Editor(s):Bas Vroege, Émeric Lhuisset
    Text(s):Mykola Riabchuk
    Photography:Émeric Lhuisset
    Design:Pierre Rousteau
  • Printing:Rodi Rotatiedruk, Diemen (NL, inside) & NPN Drukkers, Breda (NL, cover)
    Binding:Boekbinderij Patist, Den Dolder (NL)
    Paper:UPM Matt C, 70grs (inside), Invercote G, 350grs
    Other:Softcover, Swiss binding, newspaper stock in robust cover, Design by Pierre Rousteau / Layout by Réka Szentirmay
    Publisher(s):Paradox & André Frère Editions

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