How is War Changing Media Futures in Ukraine?

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How is War Changing Media Futures in Ukraine?

Photography Exhibit Opening and Media Futures Forum

By Center for Media at Risk

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Date and time

April 13 · 5pm - April 14 · 2pm EDT


Annenberg School for Communication 3620 Walnut Street Room 109 Philadelphia, PA 19104

About this event

  • 21 hours
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Photography Exhibit Opening and Media Futures Forum

Organized by the Center for Media at Risk and the Fulbright Program in Ukraine, "How is War Changing Media Futures in Ukraine?" is a two-part event beginning Thursday, April 13 with a photography exhibit opening and curator discussion and continuing Friday, April 14 with sessions on the topics of documentary filmmaking, media scholarship and fact-checking. The exhibit will remain on view in the Annenberg School Forum through the end of the semester. We hope you can join us! Full event details and schedule can be found here.

Thursday, April 13

Bearing Witness: Photographs from Ukraine

In wartime, a photograph takes on meaning that far eclipses the scene at hand. A photo can serve as proof, or it can disprove. It can provide context, or it can obscure. It can shape, or be shaped by, our conception of how things are and how the world works. One thing is clear: in times of war, the messages conveyed through images carry extra weight and have real-life consequences.

“Bearing Witness: Photographs from Ukraine” is a collection of moments in time -- tragic and heroic, devastating and hopeful – that demonstrate the power and durability of the wartime photograph and offer an opportunity to witness the war in Ukraine through the lens of those who were there. The photos in this exhibit were taken in Ukraine between 2014-2023 by Fulbright Program alumni Jenn (J.T.) Blatty, Alexey Furman, Brendan Hoffman, Serhii Korovayny, Oksana Parafeniuk, Joseph Sywenkyj and Emine Ziyatdinova. The selected images map the trajectory of the conflict, from mounting tensions following the Euromaidan protests to developments in the wake of Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine. Interspersed throughout are images of devastation and resilience that are set against the sprawling post-industrial landscapes of Ukraine’s occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

An earlier version of this exhibit was first displayed in 2022 at the Vinnytsya Regional History Museum under the title “War and Resistance.” This exhibit has been made possible through collaboration between the Fulbright Program in Ukraine and the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication.


Day 1
Day 2

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Welcome + Curator Discussion

Rymma Mylenkova, curator JT Blatty, photojournalist

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Gallery Opening + Reception

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