War Notes is a project of memories in the making, co-created with Ukrainian citizens during wartime. Over six weeks in the Spring of 2022 I traveled through Lviv, Odesa, Kyiv, and east to Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv, collecting a total of 53 portraits and interviews. Per participant, a single Fuji FP-100c polaroid was made. I then asked each participant to write their memories and emotions on a separate unexposed blank polaroid and conducted an in-depth interview.
The polaroid portraits and written stories were collected in a single photo album that I carried with me as I traveled the country. This album has been recreated as a limited-edition artist book published by Fugitive Materials and has been collected by leading institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Clark Art Institute, Bard College, Brown University, Harvard University, Monash University, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Yale University and University of Oxford. Proceeds from the book benefit 24.02 Fund, supporting Ukrainian journalists in the line of duty.
A selection from War Notes received the 2023 FotoEvidence Book Award. The forthcoming book presents the work of multiple photographers dedicated to the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and war crimes committed on Ukrainian soil.
Additionally, I collected audio from the interviews and ambient soundscapes which were combined with each diptych to make 53 short videos. These videos were made into an NFT collection launched via Vault by CNN, with profits diverted to humanitarian aid.
War Notes was exhibited at Superchief Gallery in NYC.
Please scroll below to see a selection from War Notes and video recap from the exhibition.