Tusia Dubrowska, When the Black Sea was Burning, 6’25”, 2024

In the U.S. media, the coverage of the war in Ukraine has largely focused on the destruction of the urban and rural infrastructure, as well as the human toll. The impact of Russia’s aggression on the natural habitats and the non-human communities that occupy them draws much less attention. And yet, from pollution and fires to destruction of Dnipro habitats of species such as crest newts, the Ukrainian landscape is (once again) violently remade by their Eastern neighbor.

In the last year, I have interviewed a number of Ukrainian experts and activists who, in  wartime, are bearing witness to this destruction, working to protect the vulnerable non-human communities, and trying to imagine the post-war green recovery. This video is a short snippet from this work.

Temp. Files: Season 3: TRANSFORMATION is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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