S. P. Stoian, Doctor of Philosophical Science, Associate Professor
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
60, Volodymyrska Street, Kyiv, 01033, Ukraine
DENIS KOPYLOV: PHOTOGRAPHY AS A WAY OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE
In the article the author analyzes the photo works by Denys Kopylov who directs his gaze deep inside himself, trying to understand his own purpose in this world and focuses his attention on many current socio-cultural problems due to which his art projects are of great interest for fur- ther research in the context of cultural studies. The analysis focuses on his works devoted to the visualization of the ethno-cultural features of the Yavanava tribe, rethinking the role of the Chernobyl disaster in the context of its examination from the point of view of the revival of the animal world of the exclusion zone, recording the events of the military confrontation on the territory of Ukraine, as well as the global rethinking of the role of man on planet Earth and its relationship with the natural world.
For Denys turning to photography becomes according to him a philosophy based on observation because observation is one of the basic foundations of all worldview systems. By observing ourselves we can understand our priorities and needs what we cannot live without. Through observation we can feel a kinship with specific natural forms that resonate with our inner self at this very moment in time. And thanks to this con- sonance the photographs begin to radiate an extremely powerful vital energy which in addition to harmonizing the author begins to harmonize the viewer as well.
The study of the visualization of existing social and ecological problems in modern Ukrainian photo art is extremely relevant. In this article for the first time the photo works by artist Denys Kopylov was analyzed in the context of cultural studies with the definition of the main vectors of its direction and specificity. It is emphasized that from the reflection of his own travels and the exotic natural world, the author immerses himself in a creative study of the spirit of Indian tribes which is visualized in a modern, authentic artistic manner using innovative authorial approaches in a whole series of works that are gaining recognition both in Ukraine and abroad at prestigious world fairs.
Keywords: photography, self-discovery, art, nature, Chernobyl zone, "Chernobyl Ark", Javanese tribe.
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