Olivier Sarrazin currently lives in Marseille where he conducts transmedia workshops in prison and in working-class neighborhoods for the association Urban Prod. Graduated with a degree in sociology and a Master II in photography from the National School of Photography in Arles, he has been a member of the Hans Lucas Agency since 2015 and of the VOST collective since 2012 as a photographer and a director. He made his first film and documentary book "Paroles Retenues" (Witheld Words) in Russia in 2010. After a 3-month residency at the Rodchenko School in Moscow in 2013, he started a project about Ukraine. Since 2014, he has been documenting the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been partly published by Arte Infos. He works regularly for the press in France and abroad.
Liberation, Ensp, Olympus france, Foam Magazin, Le Inrockuptibles, Le Parisien, Ouest France, Arte Infos, Fondation Abbé Pierre, Association Urban Prod, Préfecture Bouches du Rhones, Departement 13, Région Paca, Draac, Zinc la friche, Festival Parallèle(s), Protection Juridique de la Jeunesse
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They are called Visyagin, Pavel or Irina. Inhabitants in
regions of New Russia, they have been living in the separatist regions of Lugansk and Donetsk for almost a year. Doctors, civil servants, volunteers or military men, artists or retirees,
they all live in the era new Russia. Between bombing, political crisis and an uncertain economic future, they live daily in this «Union of People’s Republics» that neither Europe nor
Russia has officially recognized.
Strategic and coveted, the port of Mariupol undergoes the assaults of rebels. According to the Ukrainian army, about twenty
Russian tanks allegedly crossed the border on February 20 in the direction of the last big city controlled by Kiev in the basin of
Donbass. Located on the shores of the Azov Sea, its conquest
would create a land bridge between Russia and Crimea, annexed in March by Moscow. The importance of Mariupol is considerable
and its coal processing plants indispensable for the economy of Donbass. The inhabitants know it and for them, the cease-fire does not change much; the isolated confrontations continue.