5/6 - 5/29/22: Dispatches From the Border

Patrick Patterson (Newington, NH) and Anastasiia Zazuliak (Wroclaw, Poland)

DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER
MAY 6 - 29

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 6 / 5-8pm
  • Free and open to the public
  • Meet the Artists event: TBA
  • Opening reception coincides with Art Round Town*

Dispatches From the Border offers photographic narratives on the war in Ukraine from the perspectives of Anastasiia Zazuliak, a Ukrainian photographer living in Poland, and New Hampshire Seacoast resident, Patrick Patterson.

"How can I help?" is a question we've collectively asked one another since late February when the war began. By exhibiting this work, 3S Artspace seeks to emphasize our support of democracy and freedom of expression. The arts can play a critical role at a time when we need them the most.

Anastasiia Zazuliak Artist Statement:
"'I cannot pick up a gun, so I have to keep my camera close.' With that thought, I made a decision to go to the Polish-Ukrainian border with Patrick in March, 2022. We are all exposed online to what is happening in Ukraine, but it is completely different to be there in person.

I felt guilty to go to the border region and capture how mostly women and children are suffering. I would put my camera aside if someone needed my help on the spot. I would listen to someone’s personal story without taking any photos.

It was the first time in my life when I experienced taking photos under such circumstances. I did not know if it was appropriate and acceptable to do what I do.

People at that moment were and are vulnerable, scared, and overwhelmed after such a long journey under immense pressure. They just entered a new country, but they are homesick already. Thoughts of being together with their families and returning home soon are the only thing to warm people's souls.

The circumstances for these people crossing the border into Poland are different from mine. I deliberately made the decision to stay in Poland for my work and studies, but they had no choice.

When you travel under such circumstances, you are not excited and curious as you always are when you travel during regular times. You don’t feel the joy of exploring new cities and countries.

You feel incomplete. You feel empty. You have a clear understanding: you are not a tourist, but a refugee of war."

Patrick Patterson Artist Statement:
"I made the decision to travel to the Ukraine border region a week after Russia invaded Ukraine. My goal was simply to witness the response the world was having to the war, and to the refugee crisis. More than 4 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and almost 7 million Ukrainians have been displaced within the country.

The power of a story, or lack thereof, can influence how people, or the world responds to those stories. Nearly 16 months after a military campaign began in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia last year, nearly 500,000 people have died from war and famine, and more than two million people have been displaced.

The response given to Ukraine has been incredibly grand, and warranted. Doors have opened up in homes with empty rooms, people have traveled from across the world to aid and provide support, and countries throughout Europe have opened their borders to assist refugees. This response is very different from what has been seen in Ethiopia, or along the southern U.S. border.

As global citizens, how do we build and create an equitable global response for ALL people? For ALL countries? When crisis lands on our doorstep, it shouldn’t matter if a refugee is from Syria, Ethiopia, Ukraine, or any other country."


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Patrick Patterson bio:
"I grew up in a small Texas town located 13 miles from the Louisiana bayou. Now I call the New Hampshire Seacoast home. I’ve replaced cypress trees with mountains & rocky coastlines, and crawfish with steamers & mussels. My approach is pretty simple: merge the craft of fine art photography with visual journalism to create an authentic and honest story.

I’m not looking for the perfect image; crisp, clean, and colorful. I’m looking for movement, uncertainty, discovery, and particles of light that come together to create a timeless, and thought evoking photograph. I was fortunate enough to work and study under one of the great fine arts photographers of our time, Keith Carter. It was here that I truly understood that making a photograph was much more than taking a picture. I consider myself a long-term documentary photographer, and much of my project work explores topics around social justice and immigration. My work on Texas Death Row has been featured in publications such as Playboy Magazine, De Groene Amsterdammer, and Poland Monthly. To inquire about specific photographs, please visit my website: williampatrickphotography.com."Patrick Patterson

Anastasiia Zazuliak bio:
Anastasiia Zazuliak is an internationally-published photographer who has been taking pictures since the age of 10. She has an eye for catching emotional moments and the ability to tell sincere stories. Photography teacher for kids at camp focused on fostering creative thinking. Winner of numerous photography competitions in Ukraine and abroad.

"I was born in Ternopil (Western Ukraine). I had an interest in drawing and photography from an early age. When I was 10 my mom signed me up for one of the best art schools in the city. During 4 year studies I had been learning how to work with composition, light and colour.

I was lucky enough to have a little point and shoot camera which my father bought me at the age of 10. My approach was very simple; I would gather my friends in a school yard and take photos of them, they were my first models.

My vision of photography changes every year under the influence of life experiences that I get. It was crucially important for me to belong to a children's photography studio during my teenage years. My photography teacher Vasyl Stryzhko expanded my worldview and planted that seed of confidence in me. He always encouraged me to be active in a photographic community and taught me to always hold a camera in my hands wherever I am.

My story in Poland started back in 2018. I was an exchange student and then an apprentice in an international summer camp. Since then my life has become more and more connected with this country. Teaching photography to kids brought me another perspective of this craft - never lose your curiosity and show what surrounds you.

I believe that building the bridge of sincerity and openness is extremely important in my photographic work. Photoshoot is not about good quality images, it is about relationships and shared experiences. For my visual story to be true I have to live it with my characters.

When the war in Ukraine began I was thinking a lot about whether I should go there and document and share everything that happens. Then I realized that I am where I need to be. I am telling the stories from the perspective of a human being first and then from the point of view of a Ukrainian photographer living in Poland." —Anastasiia Zazuliak


*Art 'Round Town is a gallery walk in Portsmouth on the first Friday of each month.

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3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

3S Artspace is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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