TIFA 2023 Editorial / Photo Essay


  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial/Photo Essay
  • Photographer
    Katerina Kouzmitcheva
  • Technical Info
    Digital Photo
  • Photo Date

“Limbo” is a capture of the life and emotional state of Ukrainian refugees living in a former public school in the Polish city of Wroclaw after the start of the war in 2022. Initially this shelter was intended to accommodate Ukranian refugees for no more than 1 week, after which they would try to find an alternative accommodation either in Wroclaw, or in another city in Poland and beyond. The continuation of the war has resulted in an overwhelming demand for accommodation, and since the end of the summer 2022 the 'temporary' residents have been forced to live in the shelter permanently.

Katerina Kouzmitcheva is a Belarusian photographer, based in Wroclaw, Poland, working at the intersection of genres, documentary and art photography. In her projects she explores the topic of human interactions and political systems, identity-constructive memory, issues of feminine gender roles. Katerina had her bachelor in Business law. She is a graduate of St.Petersburg’s Academy of Documentary and Art Photography “Fotografika”, holds Master degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland.