Zakharova Yulia

Crocodile Video, 24’14’’, 2021
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Bortnytsia Aeration Station (BSA) is one of the largest complex of treatment facilities in Eastern Europe and the only wastewater treatment plant in Kyiv. It was built in the 60s of the 20th century.

Currently, the level of wear of equipment and buildings is about 80%. Every day the station cleans from 700 to 900 thousand cubic meters of wastewater, and its silt fields occupy a total area of ​​over 272 hectares. For almost 60 years the amount of sludge has accumulated, which is twice the technical capabilities of the station, and literally every second its number increases. Today, Kyiv is close to the station, and the windows of some new buildings directly overlook the treatment facilities. In combination with its nearest neighbor, the Energia incinerator, the aeration station is one of Kyiv’s most problematic environmental points. In the zone of its evaporation, today live about 300 thousand people – 12% of the total population of Kyiv.

The Japanese government agreed to provide a loan for the reconstruction of the BSA in 2015, but real reconstruction work has not yet begun.

The project explores the ecological problems of the city of Kyiv and the Bortnytsia Aeration Station, using as a basis the legend of a crocodile that has recently appeared in this area. The study was conducted among real local fishermen who regularly visit the sewer of the Bortnytsia Aeration Station. Fishermen were asked what they knew about this place and where to find a crocodile.

Speaking of crocodiles, we imagine some exotic, very specific predator. If a person hears such information, what his reaction will be? What will his crocodile look like? Should we be afraid of crocodiles? Or maybe this crocodile has been here for a long time? ..

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Zakharova Yulia
Date of birth: 1979
Place of residence: Kyiv


She graduated from V. Hetman National Economic University of Kyiv. In 2013-2018 she studied art history, painting and academic drawing in the studio of Victoria Lapteva. In 2014-2015 she studied at the School of Contemporary Art in the field of “artist”. In 2018-2019 she studied at the Kyiv Academy of Media Arts in the field of “artist”.

Art practice:

Works in media such as painting, installation, objects, photos and videos. In her work, she explores the environment, individual and collective memory, as well as identity and feminist discourse.

Group exhibitions:

Yulia is a member and co-founder of the art group Light, which in 2017 became a finalist of the N. Altman young artists competition. Participated in the residence of Biruchiy Art School (Poland), festivals International Land Art Symposium “Mogrytsia”, Land Art Festival “Wind”, Land Art Festival “Mythogenesis”.

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