Oleksandr Surovtsov is a filmmaker and photographer who was living in Mariupol until March 2022. He was a factory worker until 2016. In the same year he became a member of Platform TU in Mariupol, one of the few art spaces in the Eastern Ukraine to promote human rights and freedom through an inclusive culture and contemporary art, and to develop critical thinking and tolerance in society. Surovtsov is a member of Freefilmers, a cinemovement whose goal is to make films as alert and sensitive to reality as possible. The main focus of Freefilmers concerns human life and the struggle for equality and freedom. The cinemovement is promoting independent filmmaking and the decentralization of the cultural processes in Ukraine, especially East Ukraine. Surovtsovs movies were screened at Ukrainian Independent film festivals and at many different art spaces. After his escape from Mariupol with his wife and son in March 2022 he made a video essay entitled Without Inspiration during the Working Room residency, Asortymentna kimnata gallery, Ivano-Frankivsk, which was also presented at A:D, Berlin.