(Austin Malloy’s report appeared on Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, 4/4.)

A new photo project by Ukrainian photographer Marta Syrko captures stunning images of soldiers and civilians wounded during Russia’s war on the country. In the project’s first 2 1/2 months, Syrko has photographed seven Ukrainians who were seriously injured during the war. As casualities continue to grow, Syrko says the project focuses on body diversity and body positivity for those who have been maimed during fighting.


from Rainer Maria Rilke:

. . . his torso is still infused with brilliance from inside

like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,

gleams in all its power.  Otherwise

the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could a smile run through the placid hips and thighs

to that dark center where procreation flared.

Otherwise the stone would seem defaced

beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders and would not glisten like a wild beast’s fur:

would not, from all the borders of itself 

burst like a star: for here there is no place

that does not see you.  You must change your life.



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