Simeiz is a small village on the southern coast of Crimea, temporarily occupied by Russia. In the Soviet era, an underground gay resort arose in the village. It started with a small nudist beach; a popular bar and a night club, Hedgehogs, appeared later in independent Ukraine.
Anton Shebetko is a Ukrainian artist and photographer from Kyiv. He currently lives in Amsterdam. He works closely with LGBTQ + topics, themes of memory, loss of identity, the plurality of history, and photography's role in revealing these stories. His extensive research is devoted to the forgotten queer history of Ukraine. His range of projects varies from installations and interventions dedicated to old cruising spots and underground gay resorts in Crimea to more relevant topics such as Ukrainian LGBTQ + soldiers. His works were shown in FOAM Museum and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Photo Elysée in Lausanne, and Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, among others.