Anastasia Taylor-Lind is an English/Swedish photojournalist who works for leading editorial publications all over the world on issues relating to women, population and war.
Touring to Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum London, Ukraine: Photographs from the Frontline presents seventeen photographs from her time in Ukraine between 2014 and June 2022. These powerful works – displayed publicly in a UK exhibition for the first time – document the devastating reality of living amidst conflict.
Taylor-Lind started working in Ukraine at a pivotal moment in today’s ongoing war. Her photographic output begins with the violent protests of 2014, which, centred in the capital city, Kyiv, led to the removal of a Ukrainian government that chose ties with Russia over the West. Weeks later, Russian forces annexed Crimea before supporting a separatist movement in Donbas and leaving eastern Ukraine divided, with some parts declaring independence. Attempts to reach a settlement failed, and the conflict continued to simmer in Donbas, escalating eventually to outright war when Russia invaded the country in February 2022
During this eight-year period, when the attention of much of the world’s media turned elsewhere, Taylor-Lind continued to work in Ukraine, documenting ordinary citizens whose lives have been uprooted by the threat of the frontline, the reality of displacement, and the pain of separation from loved ones. Ukraine: Photographs from the Frontline presents her work in three sections, focusing on the 2014 protests in Kyiv; the ongoing conflict for individuals living in eastern Ukraine; and the current Russian invasion with works which, taken as recently as June 2022, reveal the threat to the future of an entire country.