The New Home is my story about a group of more than a hundred migrants from Donbass who seized an abandoned house in the center of Odessa in the summer of 2016. The main reason for this step is too expensive for families with children and the elderly rent in Odessa. The house partly had no windows and toilets, as well as electricity, hot water and heating — only bare walls. The migrants restored the building on their own.
I had been making this series from 2017 to 2019, for me this story is about the importance of collectivism and unity for creating a new, common home. The migrants still live in this house, the local authorities recognized them, but did not legalize. So they can be evicted at any time.
As of 2019 in Ukraine were registered about 1.5 million internally displaced persons. Only some of them were able to earn a new home, buying it, in particular in small towns close to Kyiv — Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel.
After Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, many had to flee their homes for the second time, and much of their homes were destroyed by shelling. In total, according to UNHCR, about 5 million Ukrainians were forced to leave their country. Will they be able to return home? Will they find a new home? These questions are currently unanswered