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Larysa Sendich May 11, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

From the Series “Between Waves”, 2010

Larysa Sendich (b.1979, Ukraine) spent her childhood in the American Midwest and on the East Coast, between the American culture she was born into, and the Ukrainian one her immigrant family came from.  This division of cultural circumstances fueled a life-long pursuit for the meaning of ‘Home’. Since the beginning of her career Larysa has been engaged in a long-term exploration, across cultures and generations, of the search for this fundamental human need. In 2010 Larysa  graduated from the International Center of Photography Documentary Photography program in New York. Her photographs have been published in F- Stop Magazine, NPR, and  100 Words. She lives in New York.

About the Photograph:

“This image, taken on the sound in Milford, CT, is part of a larger body of work called Between Waves. By concentrating on two distinct generational waves of Ukrainian and Russian immigrants residing on the east coast of the United States the images aim to capture the struggles of preserving cultural heritage while adapting to new social environments. Luba, the woman in this photograph is a product of the third wave, the largest and most permanent, that came escaping political exile as a direct result of World War II.  The work poses questions of what can be lost in transition, evoking a sense of isolation, confusion, friction and dislocation.”