“Dacha” is one of those russian words, such as “sputnik” and “perestroyka”, which became untranslated internationally used. What is actually a dacha? Commonly it would mean a quite small summer house with a modest garden somewhere out of the city. The dacha season lasts basically from May to September, because regularly houses are not heated and it’s also a time, when one can plant vegetables, flowers and herbs in the garden and children have three months of summer holidays at school.
Mika Sperling born in Norilsk, Russia, moved to Germany with her parents when she was a baby and grew up in Darmstadt. Last year she graduated in Darmstadt with her work “Breeda en Sestre -Brothers and sisters” under the mentoring of Andrea Diefenbach. Now she studies in the masterclass in Bielefeld.
A Canadian photographer Jen Osborne explores the unique phenomena of the ‘Indian Hobbyism’ throughout Eastern Europe in her work “Red West”. The hobbyism attempts to simulate Native Americans way of life, traditions and reenact some notable battles. There are dozens of pow wows (spiritual gatherings), camps, adventure parks arranged through Europe. The photographer attended different gatherings of the hobbiest through Russia, Poland, Czech Republic Germany from 2011 until 2015 as well as the film settings left from the popular series Winnetou.
A Hannover based photographer Moritz Küstner has been tempted by the Eastern Europe for a long time. He is curious about the influences of the Soviet Union’s collapse on a life of different generations. He started learning Russian already at school following his fascination with the region. Initially he was interested in the annexation of Crimea as so but later focused on the destiny of a minority group leaving on the peninsula – Crimean Tatars.
In her work “The City of Brides” Alena Zhandarova explores a well known legend in Russia: “The City of Brides”.
In his longterm project “The Koreans of Kazakhstan” Michael Vince Kim explores the identity of the Korean immigrants who were deported in 1937 to Central Asia from the Soviet Union.