Photographs by Nataliia Sova
In 2023, like many Ukrainians, my family and I were forced to flee the war and find a temporary home. We found refuge in the United States. However, it quickly became clear that while we had found shelter, we had not found a home. My project explores how my family (my husband, son, and I) feel alienated and lonely in a foreign country. Forced emigration has led to social deprivation, leaving us uncertain of our identities; we are no longer part of society or a cohesive whole, merely a splinter, out of place. We are unsure of our dreams or if we even have any. We are living in a state of suspended time, waiting for the war to end.
Through my photographs, I aim to capture the emotions and feelings of a person who, despite being in a bustling city and diverse society, feels like an observer, disconnected from the world around them. This person is stuck in a frozen time, uncertain of their future path.
Advance parole is a travel document issued by the U.S. Advance parole allows you to travel back to the United States without applying for a visa. Advance Parole approval does not guarantee that you will be allowed to re-enter the United
Nataliia Sova

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