Helen Davey: Mapping space, movement and isolation – the journeys of Ukraine’s Internally Displaced People

Two maps address the juxtaposition of individual and collective narratives of Ukraine’s IDPs to determine the current political environment within the space of its borderlands. Mapping the stories of an acquaintance who recalls the experience of her friend is traced on top of maps created by the UNHCR and Google Maps (both of which reflect a collective narrative) to reevaluate the social spaces and movements of IDPs as varied and highly precarious. Indeed, the subjugation of lived spaces by the conceived political environment makes the IDPs powerless and forces them to make decisions and choices in order to survive. Only by providing insight into the varied lived spaces through individual movements in relation to the collective does their true suffering resonate with the rest of the world