Daria Kolomiiets

The idea behind the book prototype is to convey the feeling of 'haziness' from a person's with post-soviet background point of view. A collection of images and graphics transmits the emotions fragmentally, as if they've almost been pulled out of context. However, each one overlaps with a certain memory, created based on the stories of family members and other people who have experienced living on USSR, historical facts and other sources. These memories portray how post-soviet youth has been slowly becoming more knowledgable and aware of the events from the past of their nations, which used to be a part of USSR, and how they began to relate more and more to their culture and traditions, moving away from the destructive regime of the past century's authorities.

The name 'haze' describes the notion of being partially unaware of the truth, being on the process of discovering the facts and evidences of the crimes that the government was committing to minorities and nations with non-russian background. Taking into consideration the present-day events, many young people start to realise the impact of caused damage, by collecting these bits of their own and other people's memories into a bigger picture.

Daria Kolomiiets

Kyiv born'n'raised photographer and artist based in Berlin

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Hopefully in free and independent Ukraine doing the photography and my little stoopid art:^)

What is a good design for you?

Something that can cause strong emotions or that can relate to the viewer in any way; something more or less clean.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Time-management FOR SURE

Who or what inspires you?

Anyone who doesn't hop on the trends and does their own thing

How do you approach a new project?


What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

If you do something in the last minute and actually manage to do it nicely, don't fall for this trap thinking everything is possible, allocating your time wisely is so much better...

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Became less scared of asking for help, advice or anything else; would say became more insistent

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

To be honest just needed something in English and design-oriented...

What are you not going to miss in your studies?


How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

Probably just at home in silence enjoying the absence of feeling of anxiety because of the studies

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