“Funeral Dress” photographs by Kristina Syrchikova
“Funeral Dress” is a Photographic Documentary from Russian Photographer Kristina Syrchikova. Her work is showing what real citizens experience every day, 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.
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 with 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, no one 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.