Two thirds of the Crimean population are dependent on the tourism industry. For many years, the Black Sea has been attracting the attention of visitors from across the region. After the annexation of the peninsula, however, tourism plunged into a deep crisis.

Irony as a landscape is a joint exhibition of young Russian photographers Oleg Borodin (27), Anton Zabrodin (31) and Alexander Lyubin (33). The artists perceive photography more than an object and go beyond the surface of prints with help of irony and symbolism.

In her work “The City of Brides” Alena Zhandarova explores a well known legend in Russia: “The City of Brides”.

The deep forests located between Moscow and the Urals were home to the Finno-Ugric Mari people for centuries. However, the Empire Russia’s expansion, Sovietization and westernization of Russia along with rural population decline made major changes to the belief and lifestyle of the Mari while their forests were partly turned into fields. 

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.

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?”

“Postcards” is a selfpublished zine, a visual diary of a group of friends about their everyday life in Russia and some absurd encounters during their travels. Issued and edited by the creative duo of Nastya Pestrikova and Zhenya Pikulev, who are working on the 1st printed Issue of the IconaMag, an online zine about modern visual culture.

 

Starting from the 17th of April our fiends from the photography collectiveTroyka Union“ are taking part in the „Peace journey“. They are crossing 7000 km through Russia on a Russian folk’s minivans UAZics (gently called „ a bread loaf“).

A motorbike or a car serve as a perfect selling stand on the market. The most delicious here is honey.

A motorbike or a car serve as a perfect selling stand on the market. The most delicious here is honey.

In the series “What if…?” Anastasia Soboleva is questioning herself and a viewer how the life could turn if certain paths would go another way. Her work unites an ethnographical research of a region and a search for her own identity.

Photo by Anastasia Tsayder

The series contains interiors shots of public spaces in the town of Kurkiyoki, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation.