Self-portrait in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, 25 Feb 2022.

JULIA KOCHETOVA, 29, photojournalist and documentary filmmaker.
Ukrainian, reporting from Ukraine now.
Game-changer, troubled daughter, and sometimes punk.

Studied journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University (UA) and Mohyla School of Journalism (UA), participated in IDFA academy (NL).

As a freelancer, I covered Maidan revolution (2013-2014), the annexation of Crimea (2014), and Russia-Ukraine war (2014-now).

It shapes all my professional path – I’m part of the generation of the revolution&war. My work from the conflict zone was presented at personal and group exhibitions in UK, USA, France, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Portugal and all over Ukraine.

In my documentaries, I research topics of home, post-trauma, and occupation. The main interest I have is to film the person in transition.

I started to work as a director with an autobiographical love story «See you later», which was presented and got special awards in different film festivals in Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Since 24 Feb 2022 I’m writing a visual diary via Instagram – @seameer, because I do really believe in firsthand storytelling. My recent war coverage was presented by Adobe Lightroom and Fotografiska gallery. Proud to share the story of my country via the best media outlets: Vice News, Der Spiegel, Zeit, Bloomberg, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, FP, Reuters, NBC.

Focused on the issues of the war generation, post-traumatic stress disorder and feminism. Based in Kyiv, open to collaborate.


EXHIBITIONS / selected

Group exhibition “Ukrainian Crisis”, London, UK, 2014
Group exhibition “Together we are Ukraine”, Washington DC, USA, 2014
Group exhibition “Maidan”, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2014
Group exhibition “Conflict zone: Ukraine”, Chicago, USA, 2015
Group exhibition "Ukraine 24. War&Peace", Los Angeles, New York, 2015
Group exhibition “RAW: A History of Changes in Ukrainians and in the UkrainianArmed Forces” Kyiv, Paris, New York,  2016-2017
Solo exhibition "Femm in East", Odesa, Ukraine, 2019
Solo exhibition "Civillians" at Veteran Hub, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2020
Advertisment campaign "Female scientists", Kyiv, Ukraine, 2021
Group exhibition “The Captured House”, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, 2022
Group exhibition URGENCY! UKRAINE, Bronx Documentary Center, USA, 2022
Solo exhibition "VAMOS FALAR DE CRIANÇAS”, Portugal, 2023
Group exhibition “Invasion” by Warchive, Stockholm, Sweden, 2023
Solo exhibition “Defenders” w/ Fine Acts at BEAF Festival, UK, 2023



AWARDS

2023 Emmy Award “Outstanding Continuing News Coverage: Long Form” with VICE News Tonight
2023 Hinzpeter Award for "The Battle for Bakhmut" with VICE News (Ben C. Solomon, Adam Desiderio)
2023 BarTur Photo Award, shortlist
2023 The Edward R. Murrow Award, Citation Winners, VICE News (Ben C. Solomon, Adam Desiderio)
2022 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, shortlist
2022 Order of Merit III degree
2020 Gold Effie Awards Ukraine in marketing, Veterano Brownie 


+380938408209 (WhatsApp, Signal)
kochetovapics@gmail.com

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