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100 Words: Larysa Sendich On A Universal Experience

by Larysa Sendich
Oct 13, 2010

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This series of photographs is about immigration, exploring the universal experience of people who have settled in non-native cultures. In this work I have focused on the two recent waves of Ukrainian and Russian immigrants residing in and around the East Coast of the United States. It is a subject that is very personal to my own experience of dislocation, as a first-generation Ukrainian.

I have worked with these two groups, as I could with immigrants from any country, to create images depicting the struggles of maintaining cultural heritage while adapting to new social environments. The work poses questions of what can be lost in between, in addition to evoking a sense of isolation, confusion, friction and disassociation.

Born to Ukrainian and Bosnian parents, Larysa Sendich spent her childhood between the Ukrainian communities of the Midwest and East Coast of the United States. She is a documentary photographer currently residing in New York City. Her work aims to explore various vantage points in diverse cultural locations of the need for "home." Most recently, her work has been shown in the New York Photo Festival's Capture Brooklyn exhibition. Additional examples of her work can be found on her website.

"100 Words" is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Curated by Graham Letorney

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