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Warsaw to Kyiv: Reflections of a Humanitarian Aid Worker in Poland and Ukraine

10 Feb 24 Feb

A multimedia art exhibition in Brighton looks back on two years of war in Ukraine through the eyes of a relief worker.

Marking the anniversary of two years of war in Ukraine this February, Warsaw to Kyiv: Reflections of a humanitarian aid worker in Poland and Ukraine, portrays the experiences of Raegan Hodge while she was the communications officer for a large humanitarian aid organization working with refugees in Poland.

The show includes a video installation depicting scenes of the anxiety-riddled 22 hour overnight train journey from Warsaw to Kyiv. Another room recreates a classroom in a Polish school decorated with drawings by displaced Ukrainian schoolchildren. The show also features photos, paintings and sketches of scenes from Raegan’s experiences. 

10 February: Opening night with the music of Becca Wright

17 February: DJ Night featuring Aoife Baxendale

24 February: Ukrainian Night featuring guest Ukrainian Artists

About Raegan Hodge:

Raegan Hodge is a comms officer, artist and filmmaker working in humanitarian aid since an assignment to Afghanistan in 2011. She has covered many issues- debilitating hunger in Niger, workers’ rights in Bangladesh and Guatemala, child marriage in Ethiopia, conflict-related sexual violence in Guinea and others. She has documented both thoughtful and well-executed programmes and witnessed others that were disorganized, poorly run and ultimately destructive to the communities. At times, she has had to suppress her feelings while filming starving and sick babies or taking interviews of survivors of brutal conflict-related sexual violence. Her current focus of artistic research is based on reviewing and re-understanding her work and personal experiences as a humanitarian aid worker. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Raegan has lived abroad for the past six years and currently lives in Sussex.