Immigrants Find Homes in Colorful, Floating Villages
Photographer Alina Fedorenko documents the daily lives of villagers living in Cambodia's Tonle Sap lake and river system.
Without an easy answer to her own roots, photographer Alina Fedorenko is drawn to exploring the concept of home. Born in the former Soviet Union, her parents moved to Berlin, Germany in 1991. Fedorenko’s homeland became the independent state of Ukraine.
“A traditional home where you were born and raised never existed for me,” says Fedorenko, now 32 years old.
In her series “Icons on Water,” Fedorenko looks into the living spaces of stateless Vietnamese immigrants living in the Tonle Sap lake and river system in Cambodia. The families build floating dwellings on top of waters where citizenship papers are not required.
A single mother, Fedorenko traveled to Cambodia in 2016 with her young son, Romeo. She