*1984 in Kyiv, Ukraine, lives in Kyiv.
Russian or Ukrainian passport that was not an important issue for decades for the people living in Crimea or in the East-Ukraine. The borders were open and the national belonging played a minor role. But the reaction of the large economic blocks in relation to the revolution on Maidan, to the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the heating-up of the civil war in the East-Ukraine enforced a backward nationalism, which created a new borderline in Europe. Ksenia Gnilistka, who has worked mainly as a painter, initiated with these two chamotte objects a new working series – at the early days of Maidan in 2013, when the question of a stronger orientation of the Ukraine towards Europe or Russia was still not ruled by war and violence, but by a peaceful civil upheaval – at this time, she created the two passports as highly fragile proof of the concept of national identities.