Peace & Love Initiative aimes at supporting vulnerable individuals living in Ukrainian conflict zone.
The action took place in October, December 2018 & May 2019, it will be re-opened in November 2019.

Selling staff

To raise funds for a homeless shelter and support center in Avdiivka, Ukraine, in the conflict zone of Eastern Ukraine, I am still selling two works of mine, a newspaper (photographs and text) and a short video, with proceeds going to the shelter. You can help by donating money (ongoing crowdfunding) or buying the newspaper in MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow library, Zachęta National Gallery of Art and PIX.HOUSE bookstores. I can also give the newspaper to Your own hands if You contact me by mail.

The shelter is run by the remarkable Elena Pisareva, whose commitment to helping those in need in her Avdiivka community has been a great inspiration to me. The money is going to:

  • helping fund the shelter’s day-to-day operations,
  • repairing the building’s roof, which has been damaged by shelling,
  • to help cover treatment costs for Elena Pisareva, who is battling cancer even as she keeps the shelter going.

Tanya and Kristina with a heater financed by the crowdfunding photographed by Elena Pisareva, December 2018

Statements of Elena, shelter founder:

I became a pastor in a Protestant church in Avdiivka. It was 2014. At first, I rented a meeting room in the block where we lived; that is where we prayed. The space became our church. Over time, I started renting more rooms on the same floor, where I welcomed people who had nowhere to live. It was 2015. I rented a room for Ira. Then another one for Oksana. Then Tanya came to me and asked for help. She had a small daughter, Kristina. They had to be evacuated from the conflict zone during the worst battles. They returned eight months later. I gave one of the rooms to Tanya’s mother. It is 2019. Two weeks ago, when she [Tanya’s mother] was home alone, she started feeling bad. She was hallucinating. She thought there was someone walking around the flat. She was very scared. She bolted the door. With us, she feels safe. I accepted more people, also alcoholics and drug addicts from the street. They drunk and stole to drink again. Now they are on rehab in the center.

For the first time, the action took place in October and December 2018. A full documentation made by Elena Pisareva covering all the purchased goods from that period, You may find here.


Links:

Media about the action:

British Journal of Photography
GUP Magazine
Radio Kraków
RMF FM
Dziennik Polski
Fotopolis

Video from October 2018

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