Darina Balabai

Amateur film director, audio visual artist, member of Ukrainian Film Academy, head and cofounder of NGO "Sashko Balabai Promotion", photographer, artist, journalist, member of IFJ and National Association of Journalists of Ukraine, volunteer.

Born in 1980 in Kharkiv. Graduated from Kharkiv University by Karazin as an interpreter from English.

In 2015 she moved with her family to Lviv where with her husband founded film studio "Palm.L studio". Participates in the filming as a second cameraman and director, editor. She is engaged in producing joint projects and organizing project processes. Since then, more than 20 documentaries have been produced in their joint production. 

In September 2019, a personal art project of Darina and Sashko "Urban Winter 32" was presented in Lviv.

In 2019-2020 Darina and her husband were involved in such a great Ukranian project as "Angels", "Year of Ivan Levinskii", "Impuls", International Art and Architecture festival "VEZHA", "Naive Art Festival" and oth.

In January 2020 their documentary project "Le visage francais de la region de Lviv" was presented in Paris, France.

In 2020-2021 Darina and Sashko organised international art photo project "City VS Quarantine".

In 2020 Darina has created the Balabai Art Gallery.

 

 

ABOUT US

LIST OF OUR FILMS AND PROJECTS

 

 1) "Say" Broom ", or black booth", November 2016, documentary (50 min)
 2) "Borsch", January 2017, documentary (43 min)
 3) "Falcons", 2017, documentary short (9 min)
 4) "The Last Bell at School", 2017, documentary
 5) "Love, peace, rock and roll… and a little fire", June 2017, documentary
 6) "Toys", 2017 - documentary film (16 min)
                                                               7) "You never know", 2017 - feature, short meter
 8) "70 years of silence", 2018 - documentary (30 min)                                               9) "Christmas in Lviv", 2018, documentary (7 min)
 10) "Ceramist", 2018 - documentary film (12 min)
 11) "Varenyky", 2018 - documentary film (46 min)
                                                   12) "Municipals-supermen", 2018 - documentary (30 min)                                   
 13) "Fresh Reading", 2018 - documentary
 14) "Invisible Lviv" 2018 - documentary
 15) "Magic reading", January 2018 - documentary
 16) "Lviv Israel 2018", 2018 - documentary (25 min)
 17) "Prayer to the Metropolitan", May 2018, documentary (50 min)
 18) "Salad", January 2019, documentary (50 min)
 19) "Ivan Levynsky. Neighbors" - documentary (30 min) 2019
 20) "Angob and Clay", 2019 - documentary
 21) Exhibition "Angels", 2019 - documentary                                                             22
) "Special dreams and professions" - social photo project                           23)"Urban winter 32" personal contemporary art project
       
 24) Curator`s excursion, Pavlo Gudimov, exhibition "Angels" 2019,  documentary (110 min)
 25) "Le visage francais de la region de Lviv", 2020 - documentary (105 min)

 26) "City VS Quarantine" international art project, 2020-2021

 27) "Happy ticket" - photo project, 2021

 

Sashko Balabai

Amateur film director, audio visual artist, member of Ukrainian Film Academy, head and cofounder of NGO "Sashko Balabai Promotion", photographer, artist, journalist, member of IFJ and National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, volunteer.

Born in 1971 in Kharkiv. Graduated from Kharkiv Polytechnic University in 1996. In 2015 moved with his family to Lviv. Sashko has been involved in photography since childhood. He started shooting documentary in 2016, when he and his wife founded the studio "Palm.L studio". Since then, more than 20 documentaries have been produced in their joint production. Films by Sashko and Darina Balabai participate in Ukrainian and foreign film festivals, receive awards and recognition. The couple works closely with the inclusive community, with representatives of different national minorities, organizes and implements various social projects ("Borsch", "Varenyky", "Salad", "Fresh Reading", "Fairy Reading" and oth.)

 

In September 2019, a personal art project of Darina and Sashko "Urban Winter 32" was presented in Lviv.

 

In 2019-2020 Sashko and his wife were involved in such a great Ukranian project as "Angels", "Year of Ivan Levinskii", "Impuls", International Art and Architecture festival "VEZHA", "Naive Art Festival" and oth.

 

In 2020-2021 Sashko and Darina organised international art photo project "City VS Quarantine".

 

In January 2020 their documentary project "Le visage francais de la region de Lviv" was presented in Paris, France.

 

After the first lockdown because of pandemia Covid 19 Sashko began to draw.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND FESTIVALS

 

2021 - prints exhibition, Zhytomir, Ukraine

 

 

2021 - "Lesya Ukrainka. 150 names", Kyiv, Ukraine

 

2021 - "Connect" project, Mykolaiv ART WEEK, Mykolaiv, Ukraine

 

2021 - "Art as a Response to Mental Health 2021", finalist, Doncaster Art Fair, UK

 

2021 - "Art Naif Festiwal", Katowice, Poland

 

2021 - "Hryvnia ART" project, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

2021 - "Hryvnia ART" project, Kyiv History Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

2021 - "Forest song. Reload of the dreams" exhibition, art gallery "Mazurek", Lviv, Ukraine

 

 

 

2021 - "INDEPENDENCE" exhibition, Kyiv History Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine

 

 

 

 

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