Halya sets the table for dinner in the garden. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2018


2018—Present  Heisykha, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine

An ongoing portrait of kinship, domesticity, and ecology, this body of work documents the daily life of a single family living off the land in a tiny agrarian village in rural Ukraine. In one hand, this work explores aspects of family and village life that are increasingly vulnerable to economic, socio-political, and environmental volatility. On the other, this unfolding story of one Ukrainian family shows us what’s possible when we meaningfully connect to the land that supports us—and, more saliently, what’s at stake when we don’t.

Download project PDF

View exhibition images

A summer harvest altar with drying pears. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019

Herb garden. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2018

Sophia & Sasha take a break from field work to explore one of several ponds in the village. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019.
Sophia and Halya explore the renovation to the village kindergarten during summer break. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2018
Fallen fruits & chopping block. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2018

Sophia picks wild raspberries. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019
Cooking pork over the fire. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019

A neighboring family farm plot, after harvest. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019

Sasha boils chicken for lunch. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019

The family (cats included) work together to dig potatoes.. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019

Ducks rush from their enclosures for dinner. Heisykha. Ukraine. 2019
Defeathering chickens. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019.

Sasha waits for family dinner. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2019

Grandfather Metro feeds his pigs shortly before the annual slaughter in winter.  Heisykha, Ukraine. 2020

Serhii grills pork over the fire as Vasya warms himself underneath. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2020

Halya, Head Teacher at the village middle and high school, reviews paperwork in her chemistry classroom.

A leader in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church holds a televised service on Christmas Day. January 7th, 2020

During a family gathering for the holidays, Titka Olya uses the last working landline phone in the village. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2020 
Pathways left to navigate the village between family farm plots. Heisykha, Ukraine. January 14, 2020

Christmas dinner. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2020

Baba Nadia looks on in her entry room as family members put on their winter clothes and depart after Christmas Dinner.  Heisykha, Ukraine. January 7, 2020

Baba Tania’s sitting room, adorned with hand-embroidered pieces she has done over the last several decades. Heisykha, Ukraine. 2018