Fragile as Glass

LGBTIQ* people have to fight for their rights all over the world, including in Ukraine. "Yet we were on a good path: the LGBTIQ* community in Ukraine was more visible than ever before the invasion of the Russian army - actually a success story", the organization "Munich Kyiv Queer" writes about the current situation on its website.

What do young, queer people in Ukraine have to tell? What have they experienced in the last weeks, how are they doing, what hopes and fears do they have with regard to the future?

The focus of this project is not only on the fact that the protagonists identify as queer. It is also about understanding what the youth in Ukraine feels.

I portrayed the people and talked to them about their experiences, hopes and fears.

„I feel unstable. Everything that is happe- ning in the world now shows that the world is fragile as glass. And these days, while war is happening in my country, I feel fear of everything.“ - Yehor

„Sometimes I think people are more tolerant of you right now. But when all this is over, everything will be like before. These walls that separate people, this intolerance and homophobia will come out again.“ - Andrew

Evgenia Lopata: In war, culture dies first for NZZ am sonntag

written by Andrea Jeska

The director of the Chernivtsi Literary Center is fighting on two fronts against the war in her country: for the survival of the establishment and against the oblivion of the many Ukrainian poets and writers the city has brought forth.

"The People Behind The Border".. in connection with the Multimedia "Kandvala"

The portraits were photographed in two abandoned buildings, an old paper factory and unfinished retirement home called „Don Penzionera“ in Bihać, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where in February of 2021 around 300 to 400 young refugees are staying on their way trying to enter into Europe. The concept was to let the people which are affected participate and to give them the opportunity to write in their own words about their situation, the way they've gone or even their hopes, which are then juxtaposed with a portrait of them. The persons could take as much time as they wanted and decide what and how much they wanted to tell.