Rafal Milach - Black sea of concrete

 

The fertile Ukraine – Hitler dreamt of it but it fell prey to Stalin. It was him and the likes who planted this land. They did what they could. They are long gone but the fertile land of Ukraine continues to yield its crop – subsequent lumps of concrete. Its surface is covered with cracks and rust-colored patches but it is still firmly set in the ground.

Olya Ivanova has been documenting a celebration of the Village Day in a remote settlement by Sukhona River in Vologda Oblast, Russia. Since 2 years she was driven by finding the real Russian character.

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.

28th September 2015, Moscow

Last night I took the night train back to Moscow. I did not sleep well because the situation was to new for me and I was thinking about the last week. About the people that I’ve met and the stories I heard from them. When I came to Moscow with the plans for my project I was afraid that the people are not interested in telling there story’s or that the intention of my work doesn’t make sense for them. But after some meeting I had the feeling that the people want to share it. That it’s important to gave them a place for their voice. After the day with Dima he writes me a message: “You are such a nice personality and you gave me so much good vibes”. This gives me the feeling that it’s right what I’m doing.

I’m happy that I could meet all this nice and different personalities and I hope that the future will change the life conditions for LGBT people in Russia. That they can live the life that they want.

Thanks to Maria, Slava, Ivan, Katha, Dima, Konstantin, Anastasia, Anastasia, Natascha, Katharina and Alexandra.

And the people who helped me: Coming Out, Andrey, Ksenia, Xenia, Anastasia, Lena and Tim.

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24th September 2015, Nischni Nowgorod

Today I meet Anastasia again and her friend Alexandra. She’s heterosexual and also lived a year in Germany. We meet in a Café because both haven’t got enough space at there apartment. In Russian cities the most people live with roomates to share the rent. We look the movie about the 2 guys and 2 girls holding hands and kissing in Russia on youtube. They tell me that the movie with the two guys really shocked them. “How can people really hit them on the streets?”