Lewes art exhibition depicts the struggle of Ukrainian war refugees

An ART show will highlight the difficulties Ukrainian refugees face in finding homes with host families.

The project, a collaboration between Italian photographer Linda Scuizzato and curator Anna Fraser, aims to raise awareness of the issues and connect more refugees with potential host families.

Linda said: “I’ve been trying to talk about that fight and about their new home. They are a good thing, but at the same time, the refugees told me that it was nice, but they still miss home.

The Argus: A Ukrainian family displaced by war. Image: Linda ScuizzatoA Ukrainian family displaced by the war. Image: Linda Scuizzato

“You have a family in Ukraine that couldn’t find your way around and that’s also important to emphasize.

“This is an ongoing project, so I hope more people come out to tell their stories.”

The photographs, on display at The Unity Center in Lewes as part of the Artwave festival, show Ukrainian migrants who have settled in the Sussex area and their host families.

Each series of “intimate and powerful” images aims to illustrate how refugees try to feel at home in an unfamiliar environment while still missing their own country.

The Argus: Ukrainian families live with hosts as part of the Homes for Ukraine program. Image: Linda ScuizzatoUkrainian families live with host families as part of the Homes for Ukraine program. Image: Linda Scuizzato

The organizers of the show also want to highlight the “hosting gap” in the “Houses for Ukraine” program. They say hundreds of host families have not been able to match refugee families due to a lack of communication.

Anna Fraser, who is curating the event, said: “Hundreds of families, young people, mothers and children are still waiting to be hosted in the UK. From people living in attacked areas in the east to people in the UK who are being displaced again when their sponsors can no longer accommodate them.

“Many British families have signed up for the Homes for Ukraine program but, not knowing how to match with Ukrainians, have either waited unequaled or dropped their offer.”

The Argus: A Ukrainian refugee photographed as part of the project. Image: Linda ScuizzatoA Ukrainian refugee photographed as part of the project. Image: Linda Scuizzato

Like Home is open on Sunday 4th, 11th and 18th October from 10am to 3pm at the Unity Center in Lewes.

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