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“Funeral Dress” photographs by Kristina Syrchikova

In last hospital. She spent a week in the last hospital, couldn’t walk at all. She was discharged from the hospital and died two hours ago at home, surrounded by relatives.
In last hospital.
She spent a week in the last hospital, couldn’t walk at all. She was discharged from the hospital and died two hours ago at home, surrounded by relatives. Copyright Kristina Syrchikova 2015.

“Funeral Dress” is a Photographic Documentary from Russian Photographer Kristina Syrchikova. Her work is showing what real citizens experience everyday, the death of their loved ones. In this specific case it is a woman suffering through the relentless rage of cancer; a fight not many people win. Her work is conveying the dark and gloomy feelings experienced by many cancer patients. The identity of this woman is unknown to us, which suggests that there are many more cases just like this that we don’t know about. There are strong emotion currents running throughout the images, which are vulnerable and sorrowful. Kristina Syrchikova has definitely made an impactful project that shows the life of a woman with cancer.

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To hide her imperfections she wears headscarfs and hats. Chemotherapy causes hair fall. The period of remission give them a chance to grow, then, when getting a new course, they fall again. A woman remains woman. To hide her imperfections she wears headscarfs and hats.
To hide her imperfections she wears headscarfs and hats.
Chemotherapy causes hair fall. The period of remission give them a chance to grow, then, when getting a new course, they fall again. A woman remains woman. To hide her imperfections she wears headscarfs and hats.
Her relatives help her get to the emergency ward.
Her relatives help her get to the emergency ward.
While watching TV
While watching TV
The woman goes to the witch doctor.
The woman goes to the witch doctor.
The coffin in the porch.
The coffin in the porch.
In a hospital ward waiting for the doctor.
In a hospital ward waiting for the doctor.
The woman is carried out in the coffin.
The woman is carried out in the coffin.

ABOUT THE PROJECT KRISTINA SYRCHIKOVA WROTE:

This project is about an elderly woman from Russia affected by cancer. For several years she had been struggling her disease. She received treatment in hospitals, got several courses of chemotherapy, went to church, visited witchdoctors, used folk cures. She tried everything and believed in her recovery.

But then came the moment when she gave up stopped believing. She sewed herself a funeral dress.

Doctors were giving up on her more and more often, redirecting her from one hospital to another. Most of them told her it was all because of senility, ignoring the fact that some symptoms revealed a week or a month ago. Doctors also refused to heal the woman, when they discovered her having cancer, refused to see her with various excuses for that.

She visited plenty of hospitals, almost lived in them, noone wanted to help her. She spent a week in the last hospital, couldn’t walk at all. She was discharged from the hospital and died two hours ago at home, surrounded by relatives.

Please visit Kristina Syrchikova’s website to see more of her fine photography: http://syrchikova.name/en/gallery/funeral-dress-td

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