Ukrainian Youth, Stuck in a Year of War
The book “Stuck In Here : A Shift of the Gaze” collects images and testimonies by the Ukrainian youth trapped in the war. An idea of photographer and journalist Orianne Ciantar Olive, the book offers an insight into daily life moments that go beyond the destruction of the last year.
I'm Lada. I am 22 years old. They say “war is scary”, I think the word “hurts” better describes this situation. Only the first time it is scary, but it hurts always and everywhere, even in a safe place. War gives you an edge in understanding who is important to you and who cares about you. Takes away the ability to plan and set goals. Makes a person empty of feelings and emotions. Accelerates all processes.
I’m Dmitri, 31. The first day of war I went to my friends' place, and we decided to stay all together in Kyiv. 6 people, 3 cats and 1 dog in a two-room apartment. All we did in the first days was reading news, drinking alcohol and hiding in the bathroom while the air raid lasted. Soon, we started preparing vegetarian food for those in need, the army and territorial defence. Almost everyday we fed about 200-300 people, sometimes less, sometimes more.
My name is Yana, I’m 33. The morning of February 24, 2022 I woke up to a number of texts saying the same thing. “They’re bombing us!” My husband and I chaotically collected things, we filled the car, although there was no plan on where to go. In the end, we didn't go anywhere. I prefer to stay where I belong. It's not about courage, I’m just lucky. My area is quiet. There are still quiet places in Ukraine right now.
The book “Stuck In Here : A Shift of the Gaze” is published by Revers Éditions and available at the price of 25 Euro.