Stories from around the world #3

Andreea Andrei – Polaroid Project. Instant People
It is a project with and about people started in 2016 and entirely photographed on film with two Polaroid cameras The locations were selected as follows: Bucharest – the story of my life is linked to this city where I was born, and London – the city that adopted me. I wanted the project to be about people from social media, that I did not know very well.

Bertrand Martin – If You See Us
The story takes place at a decisive moment in a life where, in the mid-twenties, one begins higher education and leaves the family home. Far from the eyes of all, this story is a play in which is played a story as old as the world. The one where one tries and one seeks oneself. To transgress is no longer sin, one approaches the limits to find oneself, and to find the other.The pride of believing itself unique. The gluttony of all pleasures.

Katia Repina & Carla Moral – My Own Wings
The project aims to explore intersex identity and is based on the different testimonies of intersex people from different cities in Spain, USA, Ukraine and Russia. The greatest difficulty for people born with ambiguous sex variations is social recognition and stigmatization. The need to be “normal” – usually created by doctors and medicine – leads to shame. Some intersex infants and babies are surgically or hormonally altered to create more socially acceptable sex characteristics even when there is no risk for their health.

Öncü Hrant Gültekin – Gharis
Armenia has 3 Million population and has almost twice as much its population “Diaspora”. The first and biggest migration took place during Armenian Genocide in 1915 in Turkey (formal Ottoman Empire). The survivors have to move their home and being exiled in different countries. The project aims to create a visual narrative which focuses on Turkish-Armenians, who emigrated to the mother-land Armenia to trace their identity and to maintain their culture, that was damaged after the Genocide in 1915.

Petruț Călinescu – Periferia B
“Periphery B” is an ongoing project started in 2016, as a personal need to focus and see things closer to the place I live. I’m circling the edges of Bucharest, where I live, collecting human stories and noticing how the city develops.

Ramin Mazur – Left bank
After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognized state of Dniester river left bank escalated into a military conflict (…). Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved: Transnistria is an unrecognized but independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, and currency. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and coat of arms.Being born and raised in this de facto state I decided to document it.

Gabriel Amza – Genius Loci
In The Jiu Valley, the coal mining heart of Romania there is something missing at the very center of the community. After Romania’s 1989 revolution and the overthrow of communism, the mines started laying off workers, turning rock-solid relationships and communities into a swamp.‘’Genius Loci’’ is an ongoing documentary photography project started in 2014 about the search for that path in this singular moment in the history of the Jiu Valley.

Nina Vossen – When I Awake, Everyone Was a Thousand Steps Ahead of Me
For a few weeks during the winter of 2013, I stayed in a village in the south of the Netherlands without clock-time, internet, computer, television, phone or contact with other people. I documented everything I saw and wrote down everything I felt.

Daniela Groza – Where I Come From
I want to understand the psychological landscapes in Romania, I follow with my photo camera our sense of ‘being’ in the world, as a nation, a sense of greed, somewhat of a greed projected directly in the environment, a greed derived in its turn from a capitalist mentality readily adopted by us, the Romanians, because historically we lack a pathology of being “strong.” We are a nation of survivors – that kind of survivor who does not rise up because, paradoxically, he doesn’t like to be told what to do; a confused survivor who doesn’t know how to find his own style.

Ekaterina Vasilyeva – Road to Petergof
I began working on the Petergof Road project in 2015, when I came back to Petersburg after spending two years abroad. This long absence did something to the way in which I experienced the city space: what had been familiar to the point of being unnoticeable before, all of a sudden became very strange. Petersburg has a very strongly established urban imaginary. Dostoevsky called Petersburg “the most abstract and intentional city on the entire globe”.
I decided to focus my attention on a very particular piece of land: the territory of the road from Petersburg to Petergof, a tract established by Peter I in 1710 to connect the newly built capital to the monarch’s suburban residencies.

Frédéric Luczak – Rehab
Rehab : english abbreviation of the word  ‘Rehabilitation’ used mainly to mean detoxification (“drug rehabilitation”). Feel again in the miner city of my childhood, between destruction and revival. Pictures are a way to reconnect with these places, such as to avoid shyness on both sides. (…) The city doesn’t belong to me anymore, but its life goes on, for a lot of “someone else”.