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Ira Kostyuk

My name is Ira Kostyuk, I'm a 26 year old Ukrainian photography student based in Florence. I was born in Ukraine but I've been living in Northern Italy for almost 15 years now.

In 2021 I decided to move to Florence to start studying photography which, very unexpectedly, became a very effective therapeutic tool for me.
"This project helped me to elaborate and overcome a traumatic experience I realised I went through as a child about two years ago.

I tried to recreate some of my memories and sensations in order to exorcise this past experience and accept the fact that I was never responsible for anything that happened. "Ти тут" which in ukrainian means : "You are here" is a reminder to all the victims of child abuse that their trauma does not define them.