- Year: 1994
- Place: Donbass
- Land: Ukraine (48.040075,38.5995051965092) exempl.
- Category: Earth/ Soil, Pollution/ Destruction/ Toxins, and Resources/ Energy/ Nuclear/ Fossil
- Artist: Chekmenev, Alexander
Land of Birth: Ukraine
In his photographic project DONBASS (1994-2015), Chekmenev documented the Ukrainian Donbass region, which has been shaped by mostly illegal and improvised coal mining. >> >> >>
„Wherever the coal came close to the surface, the villagers simply dug a hole in the ground or used the abandoned mining shafts. […] I was told that the mine is like a magnet that draws the miners to it and doesn’t let them go. After all, for the miners coal is not just a mineral: it is black gold lying buried beneath their feet.” (Alexander Chekmenev) >>