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Barricade (fr. Barricade) is a handmade barrier fortification built with construction debris, wood, furniture, barrels, boxes, concrete blocks or cars. Barricades are most often constructed in a narrow section of the road or street and used as shields from the attacking opponents or as fighting positions in street fights. The first barricades were built in the Middle Ages in Paris.

The protesters in Kyiv erected numerous barricades during the protests of the late 2013 and early 2014 to protect the area of the Maidan from the police and internal troops who had been trying to crush the tent town and terrorizing activists from day one of the Maidan.

This barricade on Hrushevskoho Street, the one leading to the government district, was built after the police shot the first protesters dead in January 2014.

The special police units destroyed the barricade during the assault of Maidan on February 18, 2014. On February 20, the protesters rebuilt it after a counterattack, now with road tiles. 

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About Julia Polunina-But
Born in 1985 in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, which is occupied now by Russia. Artist. Engaged in photography since 2012. Lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. Member of Ukrainian Photographic Alternative (UPHA) and the group «L∞K».

Julia won the Grand Prix in Ukrainian Photographer of the Year-2014 with her work "Barricade". She also released a book with the same name, Leporello length of 4 meters, which was her debut. This book and the work visited many festivals in Europe and the USA.

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