Програма академiчних обмiнiв iменi Фулбрайта в Українi

20 червня 2018

The documentary "God's River" by Mark Isaak and Gabriela Bulisova

The documentary "God's River" by Mark Isaak and Gabriela Bulisova

Wednesday, June 20,
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Art-house KINOPANORAMA

19 Shota Rustaveli Street, Kyiv

Institute of International Education, the Fulbright Program in Ukraine are pleased to invite you to a screening of the documentary "God's River" by Mark Isaak and Gabriela Bulisova, to be held on Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, at Art-house KINOPANORAMA, 19 Shota Rustaveli Street, Kyiv.

The film screening will be in Ukrainian with English subtitles.

GOD'S RIVER is a short documentary film created by Mark Isaac and Gabriela Bulisova as part of their work in Ukraine supported by a Fulbright grant. Energy producers and environmentalists agree that climate change has significantly reduced the flow of the Southern Bug River, the longest river entirely within Ukraine. But the two camps differ dramatically on how to respond. The state-operated nuclear conglomerate, EnergoAtom, proposes to raise water levels behind Alexandrivsky Dam, flooding a portion of Buszky Gard National Park. But a unique coalition of veterans, academics, environmentalists and Ukrainian nationalists opposes the plan because it will threaten endangered plants and animals, submerge archaeological digs, and destroy Gardove Island, a place that is sacred to Cossack heritage. While some urge compromise, others claim concessions could permanently kill the river. Returning soldiers from the Donbas region forthrightly embrace the struggle as an extension of the war effort. If the Ukrainian Parliament approves the plan, they have pledged -- along with their allies -- to occupy Gardove Island, where a Cossack church once stood, and protect it "by all means necessary, including radical ones."

Afterwards, we invite to a discussion.

GABRIELA BULISOVA and MARK ISAAC are artists and documentary storytellers who collaborate on projects designed to bridge the gap between fine art and documentary practices, including extensive work on the impact of incarceration, the environmental degradation of our waterways, and diversity. Their commitment to these issues is fed by a passion to expand awareness and engender meaningful policy changes. Currently, the two are pursuing several long-term photography and video projects in Ukraine as recipients of a Fulbright grant.

Bulisova and Isaac embrace the personal and the intimate in their quest to portray individuals in all their humanity, often collaborating closely with their subjects, who have extensive input into the final form of projects. Concerned with our capacity for positive change in the contemporary moment, the artists give voices to individuals and issues who otherwise would not have one. They use a diversity of artistic approaches, including still photography, video and installation, to spread the word.

Some of their recent joint exhibitions include: Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA; the Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of MD; Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel MD; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; SOLOS, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; Festival of Memory, Melitopol Museum, Melitopol, Ukraine; and Festival of Memory, Kharkiv City Art Gallery, Kharkiv, Ukraine; among others. Their work has also been published by Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Proof, and Narratively.

Bulisova teaches photojournalism at the Corcoran School of the Arts at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Both received an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. They are members of Atlantika Collective.

The event is free of charge. Registration for the event