Columbia University in the City of New York

The Harriman Institute Presents

Scorched Earth, Broken Lives

by Sasha Maslov

Four Ukrainian Soldiers in a trench
Four Ukrainian Soldiers in a trench

About the Exhibit

War doesn’t knock on your door asking if it can come in. It doesn’t warn you what will happen to your life, your family, your community, your town, or your country. It won’t tell you what your future will look like. It destroys everything; it takes everything away from you without warning. It gives you one thing in return: the chance to fight back.

Ukrainians chose to fight back. Since February 24, 2022, millions of people in Ukraine have resisted Russia’s invasion of their country. Some streamed toward new front lines that stretched hundreds of kilometers on sea, land, and air. Some have chosen to dedicate their skills, whatever they might be, to help the country resist. This exhibit is a record of the sacrifice Ukrainians are making and the devastating effect the war has brought to the lives of Ukrainian communities all over the country.

About the Artist

Sasha Maslov is a Ukrainian-American portrait photographer and storyteller based in New York City. His work has been exhibited in various photo galleries and art spaces around Europe and the United States. Sasha, a regular contributor to a number of magazines and leading publications in New York and around the globe, is actively pursuing the development of his documentary projects.

Artist Talk and Reception

An artist talk by Sasha Maslov about his work and a reception will take place on October 6th at 6:15 PM. Registration required. Find out more >



Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
September 9th through October 14th


Harriman Institute Atrium
420 W 118th St, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10027

Visitor Information

All non-Columbia visitors must meet the primary vaccination series mandate.

No registration or tickets required.