On 24 February 2022 Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign and democratic nation. This latest offensive succeeds the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and subsequent hybrid war in the country’s Eastern state of Donbas which continues to smoulder.

To date, Russian aggression against Ukraine has claimed an estimated 14,000 Ukrainian lives, displaced more than 10 million people, and left countless civilians with life-changing physical and psychological injuries.

Having failed to capture the capital of Kyiv, Russian forces have now recollected and begun a new, consolidated attack on the Donbas – the historic epicentre of this conflict. The fortified and battle-hardened Eastern front prepares to face some of the most brutal fighting of the war to date, as Putin grasps at his final chance to justify this needless war to the people of Russia by ‘reuniting’ this culturally divided region.

The Slava Ukraini is composed of images from Samuel Eder’s award-winning series The Face of Donbas and Life on the Line featuring photographs from both sides of the war in Donbas – portraying the victims, witnesses and staging ground of this harrowing conflict. This project was created to raise awareness and generate funds for the lifesaving local NGOs and aid organisations who remain steadfast in supporting the people of Ukraine in this time of unprecedented chaos.

Upstairs, Mitchell Harris Wines 

Slava Ukraini runs until 4pm Sunday 28 May and is proudly facilitated by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and supported by ACU Ballarat, Mitchell Harris Wines, Sovereign Press, Spicers and the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund.


Samuel Eder invites visitors to donate to his My Cause page with all funds distributed equally between two aid organisations.

Ukraine-based aid group

Vostok SOS – https://vostok-sos.org/pro-nas/mission/

Vostok SOS is one of the first volunteer initiatives whose activists began to aid victims of the military aggression in the east of the country and in Crimea. They help to find shelter for internally displaced persons (IDPs), assist in the evacuation of people from the conflict zone, collect and distribute humanitarian aid.

International aid group

Halo Trust – https://www.halotrust.org/

The HALO Trust helps countries recover after conflict by clearing landmines to save lives. They work with communities that are too often forgotten once the fighting has ended.


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Slava Ukraini
  • May 6, 2022 - May 29, 2022
    11:00 am - 5:00 pm