The War in Ukraine: Dispatch from Moldova. Photographs by Maranie Rae Staab

April 28, 2022 to May 31, 2022

Sunshine quickly turned to snow showers as hundreds of people stood at the Palanca border crossing with their suitcases and pets.


One week after Russia invaded Ukraine, photojournalist, Maranie Rae Staab traveled to Moldova at the Ukrainian border and to the Southern Ukrainian cities of Odessa and Mykolayiv. Her intention with this virtual exhibition is to share the experiences of those she met and give us an intimate perspective of what is happening on the ground.

While the largest number of refugees have fled to Poland, the highest per capita have arrived at the border of Moldova. The small, poor but generous country of less than 3 million people received more than 421,000 people by mid April.

Inside the Manej Sports Arena several hundred cots are encircled by stadium seating and a decrepit running track. Once a place where athletes practiced and competed, the sports facility is now a temporary home for between 600 and 800 refugees, most of who are Romani.

Maranie Rae Staab is an independent photographer, videographer and journalist. Her work focuses on human rights and social justice issues, social movements, displacement and the impact(s) of conflict on individuals and society.
Her work has taken her across the globe, several times over, and we at ArtRage were pleased to meet her in 2019 during her final semester in the multimedia, photography and design (MPD) program at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

This virtual exhibition is presented with support for Humanities NY

ArtRage Gallery’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Bruce & Kathy Coville, Annemarie Deegan, Chris Flynn, Julia Ganson, Laurie Gilmore Selleck, Julie Gozan & Tom Keck, Sam Gruber & Zoe Meighan, Jeff Hoone & Carrie Mae Weems, Mary Kuhn & Dave Thomas, Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Jeremy McKay, Shirley & Larry Novak, Lleni Pach, George Savage, Ellen Schwartz, Vince Sgambati, Thelie Trotty-Selzer & Jon Selzer, Ron VanNorstrand, Shaila Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff

Bousquet Holstein, PLLC, The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Adam Goldberg for Raymour & Flanigan,
New York State Council on the Arts, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Caroline Cargo, Therese A. Deegan, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, and Sharye Skinner 

Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith