“Anástasis” is a collaborative project portraying the psychological condition of Anastasia, a resilient young Ukrainian woman suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In May 2022, Russian attacks razed her grandparents’ home in the Donbass, forcing her to take refuge in Italy. The constant concern for the safety of her loved ones, the isolation, and the sudden upheaval caused her persistent emotional burden.
The images not only convey her distress but also reflect her new condition as a refugee, underscoring how war leaves indelible marks not only on the peoples and countries involved, but also on the human psyche.
The aim of “Anástasis” is to highlight how such circumstances force many to face with courage the destruction of memories, bonds and the loss of the common sense of security.
Head On Photo Festival 2023, Sydney;
Comber Street Studios, November 10 – 16, 23.