Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking, 2017

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© David Denil

In 1991, after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine finally became independent. In 2014, the Ukrainian revolution led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the on-going war in the Donbas. Let Us Not Fall Asleep While Walking depicts the psychological state of a country trying to build its future while it remains haunted by its past and by its collective memory. The images are metaphorical representations of everyday life in which time seems frozen but dreams of hope persist.

Location: Le Grenier


David Denil was born in Belgium and has an engineering background. His photographic interest began in 2014 after seeing Jacob Riis' photojournalism project How the Other Half Lives. Through games of lights, shadows, striking compositions, David Denil uses the photographic medium to explore social injustice.