EVERYBODY LEFT by Vitaly Fomenko

By in Georgian Month on 22. July 2017

January 1987. Night. In the mountainous Svaneti (Georgia) collapsed one after another devastating deadly avalanches. Killed about 30 people. Houses razed to the ground. Because of this tragedy, the government decided to give a new home to residents of Svaneti near Tbilisi. 70% Svan expressed a desire to leave their homes, their native land, which are in potential danger of avalanches.

October 2016. Once tourists in Svaneti, I found a huge number of abandoned and devastated homes. Lots without walls, without roofs. Exploring the interiors, I came across an old photograph of residents and many items of everyday life of the Soviet period.

I was born in Sevastopol in 1983. Live in different cities – Kiev, Odessa, Tbilisi, St. Petersburg… engaged in Photography for over 10 years. The priorities of documentary and art photography. Member of the Ukrainian Photography Alternative 2012 – Finalist of the National award “photographer of the year” (Ukraine). 2013 Winner of the International competition “Impression Photocontest” in the nomination “Special look” (Cyprus). 2015 – publishing of RIOT books came photoartbook “Rules of the road” (Spain). 2016 – the shortlist Cosmos books PDW Award, Arles (France). 2016 – Winner of National award “photographer of the year” in the category “Art photography” and “Portrait” – the best series of the year (Ukraine) Participant of international festivals in Ukraine, Georgia, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, India, South Korea, Georgia… The Ukrainian party of the Week in Gdansk.

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