British artist Mark Neville moved home and studio from London to live in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2020. 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.
In the past week, 750 copies of his new publication Stop Tanks With Books have begun to be distributed to key policymakers, opinion-makers, ambassadors, members of parliament, members of the international community and its media, as well as those involved directly in peace talks. The aim is for recipients of this book to be prompted into real action which will result in an end to the war, an end to the killing in Eastern Ukraine, and the withdrawal of Russian forces from occupied territories in Donbas and Crimea.
An additional 750 copies are also available through the publisher Nazraeli Press and Setanta Books for general distribution internationally.
‘The concept was to weaponise the medium to effect change’ Mark Neville.
Eighty of Neville’s photographs are brought together in the 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.