Ukrainian artist, photodocumentist Alena Grom was born in Donetsk.The artist’s passion was street photography — dynamic and emotional. By this time Ms. Grom fulfilled her dream — built a house in which she celebrated a housewarming party in January 2014, but in April she was forced to leave her home and hometown due to military events in Donbass.
However, even after physically leaving her hometown, she did not leave it emotionally. Her region turned into a daily military chronicle, where the 24 hours were estimated at the number of killed and wounded, and her house was robbed and shot down by marauders. In such conditions photography has become a salvation for Ms. Grom and a way to escape from a traumatic reality.
Since 2017 she has lived in Bucha. As a result of the full-scale invasion of Russia in February 2022, Grom and her family became refugees for the second time.
Since 2015 the artist has studied in photography schools: she graduated from Bird In Flight School, the Victor Marushchenko Photography School, attended numerous lectures and master classes for photographers, art critics, cultural managers and curators. During her studies Ms. Grom began to think serially, each of her projects — a separate story — with a holistic narrative and drama.
Ms. Grom began to work with meaningful and complex topics that relate to her. A war-torn Donbass region, immigrants and refugees were the first to appear in the lens of her camera. However, her photos are not illustrations of pity or grief, they are an affirmation of life. Life against the odds — one of the main themes of the artist.
Alena Grom works at the junction of social reporting and conceptual photography. She works on her topics on the front line. The artist sees her “mission” in covering the lives of people who find themselves in a “gray zone” or a zone close to military action. With her every shot (a wordplay and reference to gun shooting) she targets propaganda and forms the image of the existing difficult reality. With her photographs, Ms. Grom tries to inform the world community about the complexities of military everyday life, tragedy of war and faith in the world. Alena Grom’s photography has been rated at many photo contests.
The author was a laureate and winner of international photo contests:
2022 Państwowa Galeria Sztuki in Sopot / Poland / Stan wyjątkowy / Exhibition;
2022 Fridman Gallery New York /Women at War/ Exhibition;
2022 House of Lucie Budapest Gallery / Ukraine Moments/ Exhibition;
2022 Academy of Fine Arts / «Today dreams smell like heat»/Warsaw/Czapski Palace/ Exhibition;
2022 PALESTINE — UKRAINE / eastFOTO gallery.Gruenewald / Germany / Exhibition; >>>
2022 Moments among the ruins. Documentary photos from Ukraine /Graz Austria / Exhibition;>>>
2022 Biennale of the photography section ULUPUH «vizura // reboot». Zagreb. / Exhibition;
2021 Mystetskyi Arsenal / Sensitivity. Modern Ukrainian photography / Group exhibition >>>
2020 PHOTO KYIV 2020 / Gallery 5.6
2020 VASA Exhibition Film/Video >>>
2020 VASA Exhibition >>>
2020 Kolga Tbilisi Photo /Сonceptual category / Shortlist >>>
2020 COCA2020. Center on Contemporary Art / Finalist >>>
2019/20 UPHA In Da Office in StarLightMedia / Ukraine / Group exhibition
2019 Zamosc Festival Poland / Exhibition;
2019 UPHA Made in Ukraine / Group exhibition
2019 Alchemy of motivation / Institute of Problem Contemporary Art/Kiev.Ukraine / Group exhibition >>>
2019 Media addiction. Ukrainian version / National Center «Ukrainian House»/ Group exhibition >>>
2018 YICCA International Contest of Contemporary Art / Finalist / Exhibition;
2018 The Tokyo International Foto Awards / Silver
2018 International Photographer Of The Year USA / Silver medal;
2018 Kaunas Photo Star Lithuania / Finalist / Exhibition;
2018 LensCulture Portrait Awards United Kingdom / Finalist / Publication. Exhibition;
2018 Slovak Press Photo / Finalistс;
2018 International Photography Awards USA / Honorary Award;
2018 Gallery Black Box Portland USA / Publication. Online exhibition;
2018 Bronx Documentary Center USA / Publication. Exhibition;
2018 PhotogrVphy Grant USA / Short list;
2018 «Magazine 43» International Journal of Contemporary Art / Publication;
2018 SAS L’Œil de la Photographie / Publication of the French online magazine on contemporary art;
2017 10 NBPC SALON OF PHOTOGRAPHY India / Short list / Exhibition;
2017 Fairmount Ave Art Philadelphia, USA / Exhibition;
2017 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Georgia / Short list/ Publication, Exhibition;
2017 PhotOn Festival International Festival of Photojournalism Spain/ Short list / Exhibition;
2017 ANIMA MUNDI festival Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi Venice / Publication, Exhibition;
2017 Bogotà, at Jorge Jurado Gallery Colombia/ Exhibition;
2016 PHOTOGRAPHY SALOON «STROM» / Silver medal The Royal Photographic Society / Exhibition;
2016 Lion City International Salon Singapore /2nd place / Exhibition;
2016 LivePressPhoto Ukraine / Bronze medal / Exhibition;
2016 93th Scottish International Salon of Photography / Short list / Publication. Exhibition;
2016 Grand Photo Salon 2016 Ukraine/ Short list / Exhibition;
2016 Pavlovka Gallery / Personal exhibition;
2016 «Оpplev Ukraina!» Norway/ Exhibition;
2016 «Pottery Country Visions» Ukraine / Exhibition;
2015 «My best photo Ukraine» / 2nd place/ Exhibition;
2014 «#EuroMaidan: Rising for Freedom and Democracy in Ukraine» Canada / participation in the project/Book;
2012 V International Photo Contest «PhotoVintage» /2nd place Ukraine / Publication. Exhibition;
Now the author is working on her own photo book.