In this event, Joseph Sywenkyj presents his project Wounds, an intimate study of Ukrainian activists and soldiers who were severely wounded during the Euromaidan Revolution and Russia’s ongoing brutal war against Ukraine. It focuses intensely on individuals and their families who fought for justice, democracy, and Ukraine’s continued independence.
This ongoing documentation, which he began in 2014, reveals what are likely the most vulnerable and painful moments in the lives of these men and women. A central objective of this project is to give Ukrainians an unvarnished perspective of how those wounded in war heal over time. This can guide and comfort those confronted with similar situations. For the international audience, it helps to serve as a reminder of the human cost of war and the imperative of supporting Ukraine and defending democracy.