2017 - Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2017, 2015 - Award of Excelence in NPPA Contest, 2014 - Prix Bayeux Calvados Award for Web Journalism, 2013 - BURN Magazine EPF grant, 2011 - Grand Prize Winner of Lens Culture Award, 2010 - Finalist of the Aftermath Project
In modern Russia many of those who move from cities to the villages giving up high-powered jobs and significant income, choose this other way for the sake of their family, their children or to achieve some personal goals. Social space changes physical areas too. One day those people decided to return to their true self, to their hopes and dreams, those who are searching for meaning in their lives. They refuse consumerism, high social status and financial stability for the sake of moral, spiritual and health benefits. They want to build their own new world, and their search for their own islands takes them to the Volga river.
Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya, is a melting pot for changing Сaucasus society that is trying to overcome a post-trauma shock of two recent wars and find its own way of life in between traditional Сhechen values, Muslim traditions, and globalization, to cope with rapidly changing role of women, increasing contrast between rich and poor and political games. Our project Grozny: Nine Cities is inspired by a Thornton Wilder book, Theophilus North, and centers on the idea of nine cities being hidden in one, which gives us a concept to explore specific aspects of the aftermath of two Chechen wars considering them as ”cities” hidden within Grozny.
Winner of the 2017 Arles Luma prize.
Softback 348 pages
170mm x 240mm, 223 colour photographs