The Rivers Melt

About this exhibition

Following the Second World War, for nearly five decades, the Iron Curtain borderlands were out-of-bounds to civilians, dividing the European East from West. But, amongst the traces of conflict and occupation, the no-man’s land enabled wildlife to flourish.

Today much of the route is connected through national parks and nature reserves that bisect the European continent from north to south. These photographs are a documentation of places where wildlife has reclaimed the land and become a symbol of cross-border collaboration, hope and peace-keeping.

Hanna is a documentary photographer and artist from and based in London, with British and Polish heritage.

Her lines of inquiry into narratives about people, place and the environment have led her to work extensively across the European continent over the last decade. Her self-initiated projects have been funded by The Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary, IdeasTap Innovators Award, and The Polish Ex Combatants Association of Great Britain. In 2020 she was nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for environmental photography by the Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, Brett Rogers OBE.


Hanna-Katrina’s portraits of major cultural and political figures are seen regularly in national and international editorials, and other major commissions have included being photographer-in-residence for The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Projekt Europa, and creating the album artwork for musician Johnny Flynn. She is an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London for the MA programme in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.

This exhibition is curated by Max Houghton