Fragile as Glass

“Fragile as Glass” is a long-term photographic essay following the fates of different queer realities in Ukraine. The long-term project creates space for images and thoughts that are increasingly occluded in times of crisis and war.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the political and social reformation of the country initiated by Euromaidan has been severely tested. Old priorities have shifted, taken a back seat, or are more in focus than ever. The difficult situation of the community is further exacerbated by war, homophobic and anti-trans propaganda driven by Russia, and the persecution of queer activists. The book tells their stories by way of example. Quotes and interviews complement the documentary photos from the lives of the five protagonists. In intimate, powerful, and moving portraits and statements, the fragility of their situation is exposed, and it becomes clear how the war affects their lives, their environment, their identity, and sexuality.

The book is accompanied by the text "Beyond Pain" by journalist Yana Radchenko. Yana herself fled her hometown to escape the Russian troops. In her text, she interweaves a personal level with the facts.

Supported by:
Design, Layout, and Content Design in cooperation with Stiftung Leben & Umwelt / Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Niedersachsen
HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts / residency prize of PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Award

Article and review about the book: Zeit Online , Mannschafts Magazin


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Fragile as Glass
by Sitara Thalia Ambrosio
ISBN 978-3-98741-109-0
Hardcover, 96 pages
19 x 25 cm
Desgin: Jasmin Cathor