Borderland – Ukraine exhibition captures burden on refugees fleeing war

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Borderland - Ukraine. Photo: Karen Cox

Galway City Museum has opened a new exhibition capturing the experience of the millions of displaced Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.

Borderland – Ukraine is an outdoor photography exhibition by award-winning documentary photographer Karen Cox.

Just over a year ago, Russian invaded Ukraine, starting a war which has claimed thousands of civilian lives, and many more which have likely yet to be recorded.

Millions more have been displaced as Russian advances, and relentless rocket attacks on civilian towns and cities, have sent people fleeing.

It has been reported that as many as 8 million Ukrainians have left their country as refugees due to the war.

These photographs offer an insight into the reality of displaced people crossing from Ukraine into Poland in the hope of finding safety.

The images taken by Cox, from both sides of the border, were taken in April 2022 at the border crossing in Medyka.

Speaking about her work, Cox said that she wanted to humanise the stories of these people, and show the heavy burden that the conflict places on young and old alike.

Karen Cox is a freelance photographer who works both in Ireland and internationally. Her work spans documentary photography and photojournalism to reveal and record both known and untold narratives.

Her photographs have appeared in publications worldwide including The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone among others and also feature in the Irish national papers.