Ukraine: War and Resistance

Photo Exhibition

of American and Ukrainian Photographers, Alumni of the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program

24 April – 24 May 2024

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About This Project

The photo exhibition Ukraine: War and Resistance is a travelling project by the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program in Ukraine and the Institute of International Education Kyiv Office, in partnership with various co-organizers in the U.S. and Europe. Almost all photographers are Fulbright alumni.  

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious exchange programs in the world. It is operated by the U.S. Department of State in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide and provides scientific, educational, and cultural exchanges. Established in 1946 on the initiative of Senator J. William Fulbright from the state of Arkansas, it seeks to increase mutual understanding between countries through international exchanges in order to avoid wars and human suffering.  

With the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, a cohort of Fulbright photographers, both Ukrainians and Americans, found themselves at the epicenter of momentous events equipped with their own weapons of defense: knowledge and a camera. They managed to capture the tragic and heroic, devastating and hopeful moments of present life in Ukraine.  

Thanks to the joint initiative of the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program in Ukraine, the Institute of International Education – Kyiv Office, the Bulgarian – American Fulbright Commission and the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, photos from the exhibition Ukraine: War and Resistance were presented at “Sredets” Gallery, from February 20 till March 1, 2024.  

The second stop of the traveling project in Bulgaria was Peyo Yavorov Regional Library in Burgas where the exhibition was presented from 5 March to 5 April 2024.

From 24 April to 24 May the exhibition can be seen at the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis in Plovdiv.

“An avenue of hope” even in darker times

The organizers hope to grant Bulgarian audience a glimpse into the genuine perception of scenes, images and emotions from the first full-scale industrial war on the European continent, since WW2. The witnesses, bearing testimony to these historical events are the talented authors of the exhibition.  

Ukraine: War and Resistance presents the works of Fulbrighters J.T. Blatty, Oleksii Furman, Brendan Hoffman, Serhii Korovayny, Joseph Sywenkyj, Emine Ziyatdinova, and Oksana Parafeniuk, a former employee of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.  

This is a selection of photos taken in different timeframes of the Russian-Ukrainian war, reflecting diverse aspects and dimensions. Most of the photographs were taken after the Russian large-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, yet some date as early as 2014, when Russia first invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula.  

As Ukraine fights to resist aggression and shape its own future, the images of this struggle enter the space of our awareness. In the spirit of the Fulbright program, the exchange of views remains a humanizing agency and an “avenue of hope”, even in darker times.  


You are welcome to visit the exhibition from 24 April to 24 May 2024 at the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis in Plovdiv.

About the authors

J. T. Blatty

U.S. combat veteran J. T. Blatty (West Point, NY 2000) is a documentary photojournalist and the author of Snapshots Sent Home: From Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine (Publication Feb 20, 2024, Elva Resa), a military memoir. Since early 2018, she has been documenting the war in eastern Ukraine while simultaneously creating photographic/audio archive of the 2014 volunteer soldiers of the Donbas. More Details

Oleksii Furman

Oleksii Furman is a Ukrainian visual storyteller, University of Missouri almnus and co-founder of New Cave Media, an immersive storytelling studio based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He covered the Ukrainian revolution of 2013-14, the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing war in East Ukraine.  More Details

Brendan Hoffman

Brendan Hoffman (b. 1980, Albany, NY, USA) is a documentary photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, where his work reflects his interest in themes of identity, history, politics, conflict and the environment. Since 2013 he has primarily covered revolution and war in Ukraine.  More Details

Serhii Korovayny

Serhii Korovayny is an editorial and portrait photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He covers the Russian-Ukrainian war, Russian war crimes in Ukraine, environmental issues, the refugee crisis, healthcare topics, etc. As a photojournaist, Korovayny worked with Ukrainian and international media, including Wall Street Journal, Washington Post etc.  More Details

Joseph Sywenkyj

Joseph Sywenkyj is an American photographer of Ukrainian descent. Among his many awards, he was the recipient of the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photogrphy. Most recently he received the Aftermath Project Grant. More Details

Oksana Parafeniuk

Oksana Parafeniuk is an independent Ukrainian photojournalist. She has worked with many international organizations and publictaions, such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, TIME, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, Rest of World, MSF, Save the Children etc. More Details

Emine Ziyatdinova

A Ukrainian documentary photographer, independent media consultant and sociologist of Crimean Tatar descent, Emine Ziyatdinova was born in Uzbekistan, where her family, along with entire Crimean Tatar population, was deported by the Soviet regime in 1944. She graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv with an MA degree in sociology. More Details

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