Stories from around the world #2

Andrei Becheru – Handful of Earth
“Handful of earth” is an ongoing visual exploration of man’s relationship with the land he inhabits and of daily life in remote mountain areas of Romania. Since I was a child I was fascinated with the mysterious atmosphere of mountain landscapes.

Anton Polyakov, Maxim Polyakov & Anna Galatonova – Home on the Border
“Home on the Border” is a project about the post-Soviet border areas with the multi-ethnic population and multicultural communities. The geography of our project includes Republic of Moldova, Transdniestria – unrecognized republic separated from Moldova, and surrounding areas. These areas are characterized by complex national and ethnic composition and require careful exploration, because the process of post-Soviet transformation is still not complete here. This process continues and requires fixation and research.

Jared Ragland – Good Bad People
“Good Bad People” tells the complex, often contradictory stories of more than 30 meth users from Sand Mountain, a sandstone plateau in Ragland’s home state of Alabama, made infamous for its extreme poverty, poultry processing plants, Pentecostal snake-handlers, and meth production.

Bianka Rostás – Child by Heart
They say you don’t choose your family. But what if you do? What happens to a baby if the parents give it up for adoption, because it was born with a disability? Does a child with Down Syndrome really bring a lifetime of suffering and struggle? What if a special child means happiness and fulfilment for someone?

Sonja Plade – În fiecare limbă același lucru se cheamă altfel
“I was born in Romania, but I grew up in Germany. Slănic-Moldova, a small spa town in the North-East of Romania, is the place where my parents met, and the place that we left when I was only a year old. Everything I know about it, I know from stories or from memories of summer holidays we spent there, and still, it remains a place where I feel at home. The majority of my family still lives in Slănic-Moldova. Going back there for the first time in seven years, I’m looking for traces of myself, and the place becomes familiar and strange at the same time.”

Chiara Dazi – The Moldovan Derby
The stadium is a space where identities are shared and outed reflecting the society outside of it. As a Soviet heritage, sport culture plays an important role and though football is a new phenomenon, it succeds reflecting the context suitably: along with symbols of the past disappearing from the landscape of the stadia, new ones appear and occasionally underlying conflicts are acerbated. The football national landscape embodies most of the constrasts Moldova is rich on. It provides a centre around which local identities are reinforced but at the same time it works as sole common ground for communication where clubs from the different regions play every Sunday on a shared field, sitting side by side on the bank.

Federico Estol – Shine Heroes
There are 3000 shoe shiners who go out into the streets of La Paz and El Alto suburbs each day in search of clients. They are from all ages and in recent years have become a social phenomenon in the Bolivian capital. What characterizes this tribe is the use of ski masks so they will not be recognized by those around them. They confront the discrimination they face through these masks; in their neighbourhoods no one knows that they work as shoe shiners, at school they hide this fact, and even their own families believe they have a different job when they head down to the center of the city from El Alto.

Florencia Trincheri – Character
“This is a documentary project in which I register the growing process of my son and daughter as they characterise themselves and explore their place in the world. I am an intimate witness of the transformation of the two persons from birth. I contemplate the construction and change of their lives in their most precise details. I am an inside and an outside viewer.”

Yulia Artemyeva – Anchors
“While working on this project, I was looking at reasons why people choose to stay in bed while the society requires them to be active from morning till night, unless they get sick, either physically or emotionally. All the characters of the shooting are healthy and socially active; nevertheless their resting place is where sacred meanings are concentrated for them. Activity, frozen for the outside world, is transferred within.”

Tudor Prisăcariu – Lost Grounds
“(…) My grandfather, Gheorghe Prisăcariu, was 17 in 1944 when, during World War II, fearing deportation to Siberia after Russian forces reconquered Basarabia, was forced to abandon his home and flee alongside his family, crossing the Prut river into modern-day Romania. After traveling over 700 km by cart to relatives living in Craiova, southern Romania, the family headed back and eventually settled in the village of Rădăuţi-Prut, (…). My grandfather was recruited by the military and after several years of service ended up in Bucharest, where he stayed to this day. He never returned to his home in Moldova but the memories of those times and places have haunted him throughout his life. In 2016 I went on a journey to rediscover the places and retrace the events that 70 years ago changed my grandfather’s destiny.”

Anca Moanta – Tech:nology / Drum & Bass
The series of photos was made in London between 2011-2014, at a drum and bass event: Tech: nology. In 2016, the project turned into a self-published book containing 100 of the most interesting and representative images made over the years by Anca Moanta.

Magdalena Chodownik & Marcin Zaborowski – Never Again
“Never again” is nothing more than a false promise, as the history shows. After all wars, pogroms, conflicts and countless “Never agains”, the history repeats causing the same tragedies over and over again only proving that the lesson has never been learned. Yet, people have been losing their houses due to conflicts and hate. The project is a reflection on the history and those false promises in contrast to what is now allowed to happen. Again.