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Dispatches From the Border - Meet the Artists


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

  • Meet the Artists: Friday, May 27
  • 5-8pm / Artists will give a brief talk around 7pm
  • On exhibit: May 6 - 29
  • Free and open to the public

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." Read more...

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." Read more...


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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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