Curated by Ukrainians in New Zealand, Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom is a photographic exhibition offering a recent glimpse of life from the frontline of the devastating war against Russian forces. 

This exhibition is now closed, but you can take a virtual browse of what was on display here. 

Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom

Ukraine: The Cost of Freedom

These extraordinary and sometimes harrowing images captured by some of the most prominent Ukrainian photographers shed light on the pain and struggle of Ukrainian citizens, who have been resisting Russian invasion for many months. 

Exhibited internationally, the photographs include those taken along the high-risk 1,000KM frontline, showing the destruction resulting from the attacks, with ruins of Ukrainian cities now laid in rubble.

Since the invasion began in February of this year, more than 120,000 residential buildings, 2,000 schools and 700 hospitals have been destroyed or severely damaged. Thousands of lives have been lost, including more than 350 children, and more than 12 million Ukrainians have fled their homes seeking safety. 

Everything you will see and experience in this gallery has been chosen by members of the Ukrainian community to tell their own story.

Photographers include: 
Denys Kazanskyi, Dmytro Laryn, Serhii Mykhalchuk, Kostiantyn Sova, Dmytro Kornilov, Eduard Kryzhanivskyi, Tetiana Poslavska, Dmytro Kozatsky, Datalion, Viacheslav Onyshchenko, Misha Djos and Rodrigo Abd.

Serhii Mykhalchuk

Ukrainian project team:
Kateryna Samokisha - Project Manager, Alex Pakholjuk - Creative Director, Tanya Mishchuk - Art Director, Kyrylo Kucherov - Content Writer

With support from Yuriy Gladun, Head of Ukrainian Association of New Zealand - North, Ukrainska Pravda and Ukrainer.

This exhibition may be particularly distressing for those of Ukrainian and Russian backgrounds. For counselling and other support services for these communities please click here.

Exhibition walk-through