About Brothers & Sisters
On 24 February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then millions of people have fled the war. The conflict is becoming increasingly deadly and as of August 2022, 6,6 million Ukrainians have already left the country. Many more have been internally displaced. Mainly women with children and elderly are leaving Ukraine while men between the ages of 18 and 60 have to stay to defend their country.
The war has consequences well beyond Ukraine and has a negative effect on European and global society at large. Latvia and other countries in the region have opened their borders to receive refugees from the conflict with at present 36,500+ Ukrainians registered in Latvia.
This exhibition tells the stories of some of the people who have made the journey from Ukraine to Europe. The idea is to offer a space for you to meet our fleeing ‘brothers and sisters’ and listen to their experiences. To create opportunities for reflection and positive dialogue. And to inspire feelings of solidarity and empathy.
In times of war and crisis, the human experience is often reduced to numbers and statistics; it is difficult to conceptualise the idea of more than 6 million people fleeing their homes and families.
Brothers & Sisters strives to show each human as an individual person with a name, a face and a story.