Support Anastasia Taylor-Lind’s “Welcome to Donetsk” – Postcards from the war front

I was in Slavyansk in summer 2014 when I set off to the post office to find out what kind of postcards they sold. I found two that stuck out in my memory. When I went back to England I decided to find the company that printed them. It turned out that it had been closed since the beginning of the war and the owner had left Ukraine. I located his mother-in-law and she had a package with the postcards in her basement. I came to Donetsk in July 2015 and bought them. There were 929 postcards in the package.When I first looked at the postcards I thought, “Wow, Donetsk looks like a typical city in these pictures.” When I see documentary photos from the east in which people are shooting at each other with Kalashnikovs against a backdrop of destroyed buildings, I understand that this is the reality. But those buildings that we see in the postcards are still intact.

Ukraine – Welcome to Donetsk is a project by Anastasia Taylor-Lind about the ongoing war in Ukraine, where she is sending touristic postcards to people all over the world in an attempt to tell the story of the conflict in a more personal way. Each card depicts an idyllic image of Donetsk, the capital of the Eastern region of Ukraine, before the war. On the back is the name of one of the 6,834 people so far killed in the conflict, the U.N.’s latest official count, and the date when and the place where they died. Anastasia has send 921 postcards to addresses in over 60 countries. Her ambition is to keep recording the dead in this way until every name is listed. Making a donation here www.welcome-to-donetsk.com would support the continuation of the project, which has been entirely self-funded so far. If you would like to receive a postcard in the next batch, which will be posted in the New Year, please send your name and postal address to taylorlindstudio@gmail.com  

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