In present-day Georgia two separate generations live side by side: the aging seniors raised in the Soviet era; and today’s youth, who have grown up with heavy influence from Western culture. The more Georgia’s youth is influenced by the West, the more nostalgic older generations become for their Soviet roots.
On the 26th of December 1991 the Supreme Council made a decision about, the Soviet Union’s collapse. As a result of this, the Soviet Union’s 15 republics, including Georgia appeared to be independent.
With its length of 1,515 kilometres Kura (georgian: Mtkwari) is the longest river in the Caucasus region. It rises in Turkey, crosses Georgia and drains into the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan. With their work “Water without Salt” Arne Piepke and Ingmar Björn Nolting documented their journey along the river in Georgia – along the undefined borders of Asia and Europe. Their photographs tell stories about the daily life, the cultural and ethnical differences along the river and their personal encounters. They met farmers, unemployed people, former refugees, pensioners and an Imam – common people telling them about their life, their stories and dreams along Kura.
Secluded in the West Siberian plain lies Aidara. The village is only reachable by the river Ket, the passage requires attention and experience as fallen trees are often creating obstacles under the water surface. The next bigger settlement lies around three hours down the river. The village of 150 inhabitants is mainly consisting of a community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers who live by the strict rules of their religion.
‘Tales of Lipstick and Virtue’ deals with the crossroads of gender, class, ethnicity and their interconnection to self representation as well as post-colonialism, authenticity and pseudo luxury.
The work consists of portraits in Albania and figurative fake-stills of brand imitations and counterfeit luxury out of the studio. Using methods of documentary, fashion and advertising photography, it is blurring the thin line between original and bootleg, truth and fiction, genuine and counterfeit.
In Silesian dialect “kajnikaj” means “here and there”. This is a good description for my town in the southern edge of Poland, a place where nothing interesting happens. People are busy working hard as coal miners or drinking even harder while out of work.
“J.B. about men floating in the air” was inspired by the story of two Lithuanian-American pilots who tried to set a new world record by flying over the Atlantic into Eastern Europe in the early 1930s. I found a reference to the attempt in a Joseph Brodsky poem and decided to create my own ‘parallel world’ in black-and-white images.
If you imagine a modern city such as Moscow in the space-time base, it is easy to see that the manifestation of the creative will fades as it growths from the center to the outskirts as if it is ruthlessly washed out from the urban environment by the centrifugal force. New types of typical apartment building areas which arising massively at the boundaries of the city are often deprived of any super ideas and their design is based on maximum utility. Watching everyday life of these spaces I snatch significant pieces and disparate parts from the present reality so to add them together and get a picture of an imaginary future.
An avatar walks into a bar… Or so the joke begins. Incarnating a protein cocktail, an alien sex worker, the sultry scent of a chrysanth and geopolitics, it is as much biographical as fictional, as immediate as foreign. An avatar of this kind is like a bottle rocket, a catalyst that can make a mob explode, regroup and occupy the nearest shopping mall. The punch line never comes: the figure of speech attains shape and hits a passerby right in her right eye.