These are the faces and stories hidden from the headlines surrounding Ukraine––it's the reality of those most affected by political decisions and agendas. It's a bridge between those who have experienced combat and those who have not. It's about a universality of all warfighters that transcends the boundaries of nation and conflict.
Ukrainian Institute of America
New York, NY
Jan 16 - Apr 30, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the UIA exhibit is now available to view online
Through large scale portraiture and text narratives from oral history recordings, the exhibit tells the story of a generation of citizens, who of their own free will and without obligation to the government, deployed into a warzone and risked everything to defend their homeland against a Russian-led insurgency, and now risk slipping through the cracks of a marginalized existence as the war moves into its sixth year without a resolution in sight.
Voice of America
PDN: The Ukrainian Soldiers Who Can't Rest
ПРЯМИЙ: Проект "ЛІНІЯ ФРОНТУ/МИРНЕ ЖИТТЯ" by J.T .Blatty
Veteran's War Experience After Coming Back: UA Television English interview
Photo Exhibit documents volunteers of Ukraine's "forgotten war" in the Donbas, The Ukrainian Weekly
Frontline, Peace Life photo Exhibition, Chicago Cultural Alliance
Finalist, 2019 Lange-Taylor Prize, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Finalist, 2019 Critical Mass
Finalist, 2019 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, New Orleans Photo Alliance
Frontline, Peace Life is sponsored by Boeing, the Road Home Program and Revived Soldiers Ukraine
Thanks to individual donors of the project: David Paul, Linda & Bill Lindsley, Victor Rud, Angela Landry & Stephanie Murray & Niranjan Karnik.
Thanks to all volunteer supporters of the project: Iryna Bonenberger-Solomko, for creation of the photo-audio multimedia piece, to the transcribers and translators of the oral history recordings; Olena Babayon, Julia Khodor Beloborodov, Olena Lennon, Daryna Yakovenko, Natalia Worrell, Alina Viatkina, Ivanna Plachta, Yuliya Vengrenyuk, Tetyana Makunina-Diffenbach, Alex Zakletsky, Olha Harbovska, Julia Martynko, Olena Kulbachna, Iryna Bonenberger-Solomko, and special thanks to Vera Golubkova & Anna Kyselova, who alone worked through 90% of over 40 hours of oral history recordings.