L’VIVIANS

Following the Ukrainian popular referendum on December 1st 1991, the final round of the Soviet Union collapse took place.

Since then, due to the former breadbasket of Europe’s recession, Italy has seen a strong increase of female immigration from Ukraine; women which are now playing the role of caregivers in families with elderly or disabled.

L’viv is Ukraine’s closest city to Western Europe and this reportage easily translates through its images, the economic and social state of neglect that leads many women to emigrate.

A selfportrait which evokes the same atmosphere of the Eastern European cities before the Wall’s fall.

During its tormented history L’viv changed different names: Lemberg (during the Austrian Empire and the nazi occupation), L’wow (during the Kingdom of Poland), Lviv (when Ukraine was incorporated into the Soviet Union).

Each of these dominions, left tangible signs on the city and its architecture, balancing L’viv between East and West.

MORE SHOTS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED ON WITNESS JOURNAL issue #27 .