Ukrainian documentary photographer Iva Sidash will give a presentation on “Photographing My Homeland in the Full-Scale War” on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm in 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive. Free and open to the public.
About the lecture: Ukrainian documentary photographer and artist Iva Sidash speaks about her choice to document the full-scale war from the first days of the Russian invasion to the present. A native of Lviv and never a conflict photographer, Sidash began photographing internally-displaced persons (IDP’s) coming through Lviv’s rail stations. She followed the IDP’s, photographing masses of people waiting at the Polish border. She began traveling extensively in eastern Ukraine and immersed herself in the villages of formerly-occupied territories along the eastern front, seeking out the stories of residents who survived the occupation. Her photographs document atrocities while, at the same time, show the resolve of the Ukrainian people to endure in a free homeland.
About the speaker: An award-winning photographer, Sidash has been a subject of podcasts and interviews on documenting the war in Ukraine. She currently is enrolled in a course at the International Center of Photography in New York, after which she will pursue her dream of returning home.
From September 25-October 20, 2023, an exhibition of Iva Sidash’s photographs–“The Wall: Witness to the War in Ukraine”–will be shown at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. More information is on the website of Roberta’s Art Gallery: https://www.uww.edu/uc/events_entertainment/robertas-art-gallery#the-wall-witness-to-the-war-in-ukraine-september-25-october-20