Michal Chelbin, In Their Own Words

Ukrainian Refugees staying with Polish Families

Online: April 15 – June 15, 2022

The war in Ukraine is a tragedy, and many Ukrainians had to leave their homes quickly. There are many refugees that are scattered across Poland, from the Ukrainian border to the capital Warsaw.
While many are staying at temporary camps or empty shopping malls, some of them are staying at the homes of local Polish families— just simple people who opened their homes and hearts to strangers. This creates a moving encounter in people’s most intimate spaces.
This series is about portraits of the refugees and the local people who host them in their homes. A range of ages, faces and classes. An unusual gathering.

Michal Chelbin is represented by ClampArt, New York City.

This project was made with the generous support and collaboration of the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv and Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland

Adam Mickiewicz Institute
The Polish Institute