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2023 ZEKE Award: Honorable Mention


Jean Ross | Georgia

Long before the invasion of Ukraine, Russian military forces intervened in multiple wars in Georgia; first in Abkhazia in the early 1990s and later in South Ossetia. Roughly a quarter of a million people, mostly ethnic Georgians, were displaced during the conflicts. While many remained in the areas bordering the conflict zones, others relocated to Tbilisi and other cities, often living in large congregate housing complexes.Continued hostility, exacerbated by ongoing Russian presence, has dimmed displaced families’ dreams of returning home. These images and the stories that go with them document their multi-decade struggle for social and economic integration. They also explore broader questions regarding the treatment of civilians displaced by armed conflict broadly and the specific humanitarian toll of Russia’s wars against its neighbors.

Jean Ross is a California-born photographer currently based in Brooklyn.She photographs places and the people who live in them. Jean has studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and her work has been featured in solo shows at Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, California and Gallery 1855 in Davis, California and in group shows at ICP, the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Noyes Arts Garage at Stockton University in Atlantic City, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, and a number of other galleries. It has also been published in the Social Documentary Network’s Zeke magazine.

Jean Ross



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