Artworks by Sergey Melnikoff, a.k.a. MFF. “The People of Maidan” International Open-air Exhibition.

The People of Maidan

International Open-air Exhibition

Artworks by Sergey Melnikoff, a.k.a. MFF

Under the official patronage of His Holiness Filaret,
The Patriarch of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

To the People of Ukraine

THE PEOPLE OF MAIDAN
UA
US
FLOWERS TO MURDERERS
A TRUCE
A STOKER OF REVOLUTION
ADVENT OF NEW ERA
IN GRUSHEVSKY STREET
IN AN UNDERPASS
17-YEAR-OLD HEROES
FREEDOM OR DEATH!
A SPOTTER
MAIDAN UNDER ATTACK
THE LAST LINE OF DEFENCE
AN ARTIST
IN LOVE AND WAR
READER AND THE CATAPULT
MOMENT OF SILENCE
WEDDING ON BARRICADES
TOWNSPEOPLE
THE FIRST COMBAT EXPERIENCE
UNDER ATTACK
A VICTOR
THE FRONTLINE CHAPEL ON FIRE
CONTINUITY OF GENERATIONS
A BENEFICIARY
THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS IS FREEDOM
LANDSCAPE VS PORTRAIT
MS. OKSANA
A SECURITY GUARD
NIGHT SHIFT
AT THE FOREFRONT
STATE ANTHEM OF UKRAINE
IT'S TIME TO ACT
TEA DELIVERY MAN
PLACE OF DEATH
WINTER FLOWERS
SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR
UKRAINIAN CALVARY
CONFRONTATION
HEROES DON'T DIE
PROVIDER OF SPONSORSHIP
AMAZON WARRIOR
THE BULLETS THAT ARE KILLING US
WE ARE WAITING FOR ARMORED VEHICLES
COBBLESTONES FOR FIGHTING
ON THE CROSS
WE WILL WIN!
DOWNTOWN OF KIEV
TOURISTS ARE EVERYWHERE!
LET THEM FIRE...

Long live Ukraine!

Dear friends!

You are invited to visit the open-air photo exhibition “The People of Maidan” and get marvelled by the world of new reality and fortitude of human spirit.

The international project – the open-air photo exhibition “The People of Maidan” – will be open in many capital cities. This is the best way for the world to get acquainted with the Ukrainian people of the 21st century.

Long live Ukraine!

Technical description of the exhibition

The photo holders are made of strong waterproof materials resistant to direct sunlight and are placed on tyres which are a symbol of Maidan. The resulting construction is stable and resistant to wind gusts when held in the open air.
The exposition consists of 30 to 50 double-faced stands 40’x35’ (100x90 cm). In this way up to 100 panoramic photos are displayed.
The area required for the exhibition is from 100 to 200 sq. metres.
All the photos are accompanied by texts in English and in the language of a country where the exhibition is held.
Each stand has free space reserved for our sponsors’ advertising.
Each exhibition comes with booklets for distribution and photo albums “The People of Maidan” for sale.


THE PEOPLE OF MAIDAN

An attraction of the exhibition is the large format panoramic photograph “Euromaidan” with 1 billion pixel resolution, showing more than 500 thousand people who gathered for a Veche in Kiev.

Donations

The project is funded by donations of the people who realize the role of art in calling for struggle for democracy and prosperity against tyranny and evil. It helps nations as well as governments and businesses to look beyond the common goals of wealth and profits. The name of each helper – either a big company or a private person – will definitely be listed in the website as well as on posters, placards, in the exhibition booklets and photo album “The People of Maidan”.

Organizers

Dr. Sergey Melnikoff aka MFF, USA
Stan Petrof, MSc, United Kingdom

The People of Maidan

What does “Maidan” mean?

Maidan is similar to what Agora in Ancient Greece was. Usually it is the central city square where people gather to take collective decisions on particular matters. Meetings, celebrations and protests are held there. The place hears calls, court sentences, political programs and slogans. It is a combination of a stage where real time events unfold and a kind of mass media where important information is broadcast live from.
There is a Maidan time in everybody’s life when one must take a seminal decision: how to live further, for what and for whom, for which values and goals. Maidan is human passion, tears of joy and grief, irrepressible fervour and elation.
Maidan is freedom of body, spirit and speech!

Show in Berlin

For serious art patrons and trading organizations we offer broad opportunities for advertising at our exhibition – from placing logos on each stand and an advertising page in the catalogue to holding press conferences on national TV in a country where the exhibition is held.
For details please send us your enquiry through the author’s webpage.

Show in London

In 2014 the exhibition “The People of Maidan” will be shown in London.
Enthusiasts living in world capital cities! If you wish to organize and run the exhibition in your city – please write to us.

Contact to MFF

• e-mail: mff@mff.name
• fax: +1 320.341.0275

The Directory Marquis, “Who's Who in America,” includes the following information about MFF:
• The real name is actually Sergey Melnikoff
• An American classic of art photography
• Graduate with three university degrees
• A National Hero of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
• Soviet dissident and political prisoner
• Political refugee by UN decision
• U.S. asylum grantee by personal authorization of President Ronald Reagan
• Former volunteer at the US government POW/MIA’s commission to search for missing prisoners of war in the Soviet Gulag

MFF’s works of art have found their honoured place among the collections of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, President George W. Bush, His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, The King of Nepal Birendra Shah Dev, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Elizabeth II, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, His Holiness the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus’-Ukraine Filaret

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Artworks by MFF

Melnikoff und Majdan

18 FEBR 2014

Der weltweit bekannte Fotograf Sergej Melnikoff ist Amerikaner ukrainischer Herkunft mit kosakischen Wurzeln, er ist ein Patriot, der noch zu Sowjet-Zeiten seine Heimat verlassenen hat. In den für die Ukraine dramatischen Wintertagen 2014 war er dort, wo Weichen für das Schicksal der Ukraine und von Europa gestellt wurden, auf dem Majdan der Unabhängigkeit in Kiew, zusammen mit dem Volk seiner Vorfahren, um gegen die verbrecherische Korruptionsclique Janukovitschs zu kämpfen.
Melnikoff fotografierte die Verteidiger des Majdan, seine rauchige Luft, seinen Himmel und die Erde, seine Ruhe und seinen Kampf. Beim Fotografieren blieb keine Zeit um Sujets nachzujagen, Komposition zu entwickeln, Kontraste, Licht und Schatten zu korregieren, er nahm nur ab, nahm im Hinterland und in der vordersten Linie ab. Und das Leben selbst hat ihm die Dramatik der Bewegung, die Finsternis und das Feuer, die eindrucksvollen Porträts und die interessanten Blickwinckel gegeben.
Seine Fotografien sind dynamisch, ernst, menschlich. Sie informieren nicht nur den Zuschauer, sondern sie ziehen ihn quasi in sich hinein, in die Ereignisse auf dem Majdan, auf diese „Insel der Freiheit und der Hoffnung“.
Die Arbeiten des Meisters dokumentieren, dass Menschen im Kampf für Gerechtigkeit nicht nur ihr Leben riskieren, sondern auch reifer und mutiger werden, sie wachsen über sich selbst hinaus, sie bauen das Volk. Sie stehen ein für den schon seit Jahren verlorenen Sinn der Begriffe:
Freiheit, Solidarität, Würde, Barmherzigkeit, Demokratie.

Igor Schestkow
Berlin