Borderland: Stories from Donbas
Tues-Sat from 04 October 2019 to 04 January 2020Impressions Gallery Centenary Square
About the event
Made over a period of six years, Borderland: Stories from Donbas offers a rare glimpse of everyday life in the Donbas region. Situated at the far eastern edge of Ukraine, close to the border of Russia, this region is the site of the only active war zone in Europe. The exhibition is the premiere and first major solo show of award-winning photographer Christopher Nunn.
Nunn ended up in this war zone unexpectedly. In 2013 he travelled to Kalush, Ukraine, in an attempt to learn more about his grandmother who had arrived in the North of England as a displaced person just after World War II. A year later, Nunn was still in Ukraine when the Euromaidan protests started in Kyiv. In the subsequent five years, he has been present during the revolution, the early political chaos and ongoing war.
Nunn cares about people’s stories and how Donbas is represented. He was drawn to the small mining settlements where families relax by overgrown riversides, cramped apartment block kitchens, village bars and fading towns now on the doorstep of war at the very edge of Europe. The exhibition presents themes including the dynamics of families; masculinity of young men and fathers; freedom and togetherness, and seemingly inescapable ties with history.
Nunn’s images capture the quiet moments and the overlooked details that are mostly away from the flashpoints of fighting and the spotlight of international news. With a constant focus on people’s everyday lives, their personal narratives and subjective struggles, his photographs tell small stories that are part of a bigger picture.
Borderland: Stories from Donbas is an Impressions Gallery touring exhibition curated by Anne McNeill.
The entrance to Impressions Gallery is at street level. Power assisted doors are in operation and there is a passenger lift to the first floor, where we are located. Baby changing facilities are available in both female and accessible toilets. There is a dedicated disabled toilet. Seating is always available in the gallery. More access information here.