This on-going series began in February 2013 when I travelled to Ukraine following a thread of family history to the sleeper town of Kalush, the birthplace of my then-ailing grandmother. She left at 14 before arriving in England as a displaced person after World War II. Never intending to document my own family history, I simply used this geographical starting point, together with its inherent themes of histories, shifting borders, displacement and memory as a framework in which to explore Ukraine. Over time my journey shifted from west to east Ukraine, where I found my self by chance in early 2014 during the early stages of unrest, and where I continued to work as the region plummeted into all-out conflict. The majority of my work over the following 15 months was made within the conflict zone but took a more measured approach to the mass media reporting and focused on the periphery of Ukraine’s crisis in a wider sense. This project became a naturally evolving piece of work and a deeply personal journey that was shaped by the people I met whilst traveling, and ultimately by the country’s decent into chaos.
Christopher Nunn is a Yorkshire based photographer who divides his time between England and Ukraine. He graduated from Bradford College in 2004 with a degree in photography. Chris’ photographs have been exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, and recent press includes It’s Nice That, Business Insider, CNN Photos and Esquire Russia.