Recent media coverage of Ukraine has focused on the ongoing armed conflict and political chaos that has marred the country over the last three years. Christopher Nunn takes a quieter look at the periphery of these events in a collection of photographs exploring everyday life, ordinary domestic moments and chance meetings against a backdrop of political turmoil and instability. Themes of escapism, alcohol, friendships and religious iconography permeate the photographs.
Christopher began working in Ukraine in February 2013 while visiting Kalush, the birthplace of his late grandmother who fled her hometown during the Second World War. With this as a geographical starting point, Christopher began to explore other regions, finding himself by chance in the east of Ukraine at the very start of the ongoing war. As the situation escalated, he became increasingly inspired by his grandmother’s early life as a person displaced by conflict.
Over repeated trips, and with a focus on Ukraine’s fragile east, this ongoing project has developed into a substantial, nuanced body of work. Without attempting to make a straight document or description of Ukraine’s current situation, Christopher’s work is a personal journey, shaped by the people he has met and driven a desire to better understand the way people think and act with regards to their country, their collective identity, and their history in a time of flux.
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