Illustrations and spost for piece about family bullying – seven stories about how patriarchal stereotypes influence lives of Ukrainian women and their relationship with their family. Some of the stories were quite familiar (parents continuously insisting on having grandchildren as soon as possible), some truly terrifying (mother forcing her daughter into a relationship just for the sake of it).
As I read the stories I thought about using some elements of totalitarian regimes' styles. But the pressure these young women experience in their families is actually often is well-intentioned and therefore invisible. So I came up with other unifying elements – flowers. They are a symbol of romance; and traditional Ukrainian clothing is often embroidered with them: headwraps (that married women wore), and linen.
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