This project provides a view of the experience of some Ukrainian refugees in The Netherlands, within a local organization that supports them, Volunteers with no Limits, while also situating them within the broader global context of the refugee crisis.
This work depicts some individuals inside the organization, capturing in this way their momentary existence as displaced persons. In addition to the portraits, I conducted interviews with a range of individuals, including women, and elderly refugees. The personal stories shared by these individuals reveal the trauma, loss, and resilience that mark their experiences of displacement. Many have lost homes, family members, and communities to the conflict, and now face the challenge of rebuilding their lives in a new place, but with the desire to return home. Through the support of the organization, they have found a sense of community and a lifeline of hope.
I also decided to include elements that suggest a wider narrative. By doing so, I can provide viewers with a glimpse into the life of the refugees, while also highlighting the broader systemic issues that contribute to their situation. These objects, including for example old photos, clothing, postcards, and drawings offer a window into their past and present and provide a way to connect with their sense of identity and culture.
Through these images, I aim to inspire empathy and action towards supporting refugees and to raise awareness of the ongoing impact of war on civilians. By sharing their stories and experiences, I hope to encourage viewers to see beyond the headlines and to connect with the human stories that lie at the heart of the refugee crisis.