FotoDepartament Foundation presents the exhibition:
YURI IVASCHENKO / THE UPROOTED
4 July – 12 August 2010
Exhibition Hall / Ground Floor
Art and Music Center at Mayakovskiy Library/ Nevskiy prospect, 20
The exhibition opens on 4 July, Sunday, 6 p.m.
This documentary photography exhibition is devoted to two ethnic groups – batumi kurds and ezidi. The scene – Krasnodar krai, which became the new habitation place after the forced departure from the former abode.
The history of our country creates the phenomenon of the “uprooted” mind, that lives and develops on an unfamiliar territory. Not the mind of a single person, but of whole nations, relocated to hundred and thousand miles. Of course, the reasons for the displacement are different – Stalin’s novelties and dreadful earthquake. Nevertheless this is not the common labour migration of nowadays, when some people look forward to better life. This is the uprooting of vast forests, that might never take root at the new place…
The author did not want simply to display the authentic culture of these undoubtedly unique nations, to show it from outside, but to slightly open the doors to their houses to the viewers and invite them to look at their routine from within.
Yuri Ivaschenko, 1983, Krasnodar.
Photographer since 2004. Member of Liberty.SU, group of documentary photography. Since 2007 – photographer of Agency.Photographer.ru. Work on long-term photoprojects and also have assignments from magazines. Lives in Krasnodar.
Publications: Russian Reporter, Ogonyok, Le Monde 2, ZOOM (Ru).
House of Sand & Fog, within the frames of the project PROPER NOUN, Saint-Petersburg, Library of Maykovskiy, October 2007.
The Uprooted, Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Center, Moscow, March 2010.
Participation in festivals:
International Volga Biennale, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, July 2006, 2007;
I International Festival of Photography Photovisa, Krasnodar, October 2008.
Winner of National Grant for Young Photographer, Russia, 2006, 2007.
The project is supported by: International network Youth Human Rights Movement, UNITED network, Human Rights Center “Memorial”.