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Mariupol (2022)

exhibition of award-winning photographs and video
by Evgeniy Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov (AP)

from the first days Russia invaded Ukraine 2022

November 9-20, 2022 

Wed - Sun 11-6

at the Howl! Arts New York

250 Bowery, 2nd fl, New York

press release |  info on show + bios 

photos | photos of related events

bios of Evgeniy Maloletka | Mstyslav Chernov |

2022 ICFJ Knight Awards Tribute


Saturday, November 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Reception with the artists photos 

Sunday, November 20 at 5:00 PM
“Music and Spoken Word for Mariupol”

created by Yara Arts Group

with poet Bob Holman and bandura master Julian Kytasty, with Yara Artists and Daria Kolomiec.

There were no funerals. No memorials. No public gatherings to mourn those killed by Russia’s relentless attacks on the port city of Mariupol that became a symbol of Ukraine’s ferocious resistance. The mass grave trenches told the story of a city under siege.

The world would have seen none of this, would have seen next to nothing at all from Mariupol as a city under siege, if it wasn’t for Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka, the Associated Press team who race into the city when the invasion began and stayed long after it had become one of the most dangerous places on Earth. For more than two weeks, they were the only international media in the city, and the only journalists able to transmit video and still photos to the outside world.

According to Mstyslav Chernov, on 11 March they were taking photos in a hospital in Mariupol when they were taken out of the city with the assistance of Ukrainian soldiers. They managed to escape from Mariupol unharmed. The documented devastation in Mariupol was described in Chernov’s AP article "20 Days in Mariupol: The Team that Documented the City’s Agony" (March 22, 2022, AP). Mstyslav Chernov, Evgeniy Maloletka and Vasilisa Stepanenko received the Knight International Journalism Award for their work in Mariupol from the International Center for Journalists.


Moscow hated their work. The Russian embassy in London tweeted images of AP photos with the word “Fake” over them in red text. A top Russian diplomat held up copies of photos from the maternity hospital at a U.N. Safety Council meeting, insisting they were phony. But their photographs and the people who they met speak to what happened in Mariupol.


Evgeniy Maloletka is a Ukrainian war photographer, journalist and filmmaker, who has been covering the war in Ukraine since 2014. He has also covered the Euromaidan Revolution, the protests in Belarus, the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine. In 2022 his work during the siege of Mariupol has been recognized with the Knight International Journalism Award, the Visa d’or News Award and the Prix Bayeux Calvados-Normandie. He has also received awards from Italy, Germany, Norway and United States.

Mstyslav Chernov is a Ukrainian war correspondent, filmmaker, photographer, and novelist known for his coverage of the Ukrainian revolution, the Russian invasion in Ukraine, the war in Iraq, Syria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule after U.S. withdrawal, as well as for his art installations and exhibitions. He is on the staff of Associated Press.

 On Sunday, November 20 at 5:00 PM Howl! Arts will host an event “Music and Spoken Word for Mariupol” created by Yara Arts Group. The event will feature poet Bob Holman and bandura master Julian Kytasty performing “Song of Truth and Lies.” Yara Artists Sanskar Agarwal and Sophia Gotchinov will read from Mariupol entries from “Diary of War” collected by Daria Kolomiec and translated by Virlana Tkacz. The event will end with Teryn Kuzma’s song. The event is free. Donations will go to Razom for Ukraine, a Ukrainian-American non-profit organization that provides medical and humanitarian aid.”

Howl Arts /Howl Archive is a gallery space and archive which preserves the past and celebrates the contemporary culture of New York’s City East Village and Lower East Side.

Yara Arts Group, a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York’s East Village, creates theatre piece rooted in the East and focuses on Ukraine. Evgeniy Maloletka has worked with Yara Arts Group since 2015.

Donations will go to RAZOM for Ukraine, a Ukrainian-American non-profit organization that provides medical and humanitarian aid.

Photos of  reception on this page by Pavlo Terekhov

Photos of "Music & Spoken Word for Mariupol" by Magdalena Dabrowska

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