British artist Mark Neville moved home and studio from London to live in Kyiv, Ukraine, last year.
With 100,000 Russian troops having crossed Ukrainian borders and the country officially at war, Neville’s work ‘Stop Taks With Books’ urges the international community to support Ukraine in an attempt to deter further attacks by Russia.
Since 2015 Neville has been documenting life in Ukraine, with subjects ranging from holidaymakers on the beaches of Odessa, to the Roma communities on the Hungarian border, the churchgoers and nightclubbers of Kyiv, to both civilians and soldiers living on the frontline in Eastern Ukraine. Eighty of Neville’s photographs are brought together in this book, edited by David Campany, together with short stories about the conflict from Ukrainian novelist Lyuba Yakimchuk; research from the Centre of Eastern European Studies in Berlin about the 2.5 million Ukrainians already displaced by the war; and a call to action for the international community.
The book is being printed in 1,500 copies, 750 of which are currently being sent free of charge to politicians, ambassadors, members of parliament and the international community, media representatives and those involved in peace negotiations in general. The aim is for the recipients of this book to be moved to real action leading to the end of the war and the withdrawal of Russian forces. A further 750 copies will be available for international distribution; the publisher has pledged to donate the proceeds to a humanitarian association.