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Rodyna moja

Kosiv, Ukraine - June 2017. Ganusia and Nastia, two sisters in the living room of Nastia
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Kosiv, Ukraine – June 2017. Ganusia and Nastia, two sisters in the living room of Nastia

Rodyna moja, photo essay by Ruslan Hrushchak

The “Rodyna moja” photo series consists of photographs taken in the Ukraine in 2017. The word “Rodyna”, which in Russian means “homeland” and in the Ukrainian language “kinship”, provides the series’ context: The photographer sets out on a journey, prompted by an accident of a family member, through a country he left as a young man 20 years ago. He revisits his homeland in a state of battle, a battle for a better future against the consequences of war, economic stagnation and an increasing loss of people of the younger generation who emigrate in masses. He meets his kinsfolk, scattered in various rural and urban areas of the country, during a transition from poor to more prosperous, a transformation from old to new. Thus the portrayal of the relationship between land and family becomes a subtle snapshot of Ukrainian society today.

(by Ruslan Hrushchak

Woloshcha, Ukraine – February 2017. Ivan with a photograph of himself as a younf man
Woloshcha, Ukraine – February 2017. Ivan and Slavka in their living room
Woloshcha, Ukraine – February 2017. Anna an her traditional embroideries
Drohobytsch, Ukraine – February 2017. Lida and Slavko in their christmas living room
Drohobytsch, Ukraine – February 2017. Ivanna waved her 34-year-old husband Mykola off to the Donbass war
Dumychi, Ukraine – February 2017. Ivan after his 9-month as a soldier in the Donbass war
Kosiv, Ukraine – June 2017. Perto in his kitchen
Drohobytsch, Ukraine – June 2017. Andrij after his back accident
Drohobytsch, Ukraine – June 2017. Maria and her budgie

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Ruslan Hrushchak
Ruslan Hrushchak is a portraiture and documentary photographer. Born in Ukraine in 1978. Now he lives in Leipzig, Germany. Ruslan focuses on regular people in paces and situations that highlight an aspect of who they are. He is also the founder of appPlant GmbH, a mobile software development firm, and has taught software engineering at Leipzig University. Ruslan is a student at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin. His first photography book about people in the Ukraine will be published soon.

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