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Kir Esadov

The House That Kir Built

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This is not a reportage type project, although much of it was taken while I was doing reportage work.

You can rather name it a fairytale than a rough veracity of life, although, again, in the heart of any fairytale lays the truth.

Some of it appears as a proof of existence of marvelous events, some of it is just a digital modified shot that has nothing to do with serious documentary type of work. Ultimately, this was not a planned out unified series.

I feel that I can never do consistent photographic series. My goal is to create a massive and complete view of my tiny and immature inner anxiety. Very slowly, step by step, this micro world is forming from pieces, fragments, shards of the physical world.

The house that Jack built. The circus stage that Kir built.

In the course of the story I’d like to take the opportunity and say hello to my mother. Dear Ma, things are going pretty smoothly, though I look worse. Boris has developed metastases, intestines will be removed. Adah already has lost her breast, but do not worry, it is unnoticeable under her clothes and we have been promised to stew a new one soon, we just need to save up a little first.

Rustam has AIDS. Marta also doesn’t seem very well, but she is always a pain in the s. Neither of them wants to take their pills. Galya has spread her arms and is waiting for applause. A grave has spread its legs and is craving love. Music is starting.

Nevertheless, this story is not about social issues, this story is about the egocentrism of the author who creates some kind of refuge where it is possible to shelter, to forget, so that all our grudges, all our fears would not seem so significant.

A music is starting. A fever is rising. Strike the violin, touch the lute. To wake yourself and to hop into dense weekdays. To give blood for some tests and to leap into a magic world right away. We are invincible while we jump.

 

Bio

Kir Esadov was born in 1988 in Moscow to a circus family.

He received a B.A. in social pedagogy in 2008. After graduating, he worked at a special orphanage for children with severe speech disorders.

In 2011 he graduated from the Rodchenko’s Art School. He had three solo exhibitions in Russia and he also had several group exhibitions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kiev, Zrenjanin, Belgrade.

He has participated at QueerFest 2011 in St. Petersburg and Fotofest 2012 in Houston. At the moment he works as freelance theatre photographer.

 
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Emerging Photographer Fund – 2012 Recipient

 

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EPF 2012 Finalist

 

Matt Lutton

“Only Unity”: Serbia In The Aftermath of Yugoslavia

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“Only Unity” has emerged from five years of living and working in the Balkans; it is my personal response to the confounding atmosphere of the region. My project presents a psychological portrait of Serbs from across the Balkans as they confront a radically changed landscape within physically contracting borders. Serbia is emerging from the hangover of the 1990s, where atrocities were carried out in their name just across newborn borders, and constructive reflection about the consequences of those years is long over due.

I am photographing details of society that both reflect and undermine the popular Serbian creation myths. Many issues are rooted in the complicated phrase “Only Unity Saves the Serbs” which was popular in the narrative of mass political manipulation during the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the wars that took place in its vacuum. Serbia is still recovering from the post-traumatic stress of those years, leading to a national confusion about their identity and a productive path forward.

There are many elements that contribute to a hostile and sometimes desperate atmosphere in Serbia today. But there too are moments that show healing and a glimpse at a different future than many have seen for themselves in the last decade. The growing pains of this nascent democracy must continue to be carefully documented and explored, as the battles of the 1990s have yet to be finally played out. I’ve experienced alarming apathy and lack of compassion from many youth across the Balkans, and I hope to confront them directly with a different picture of the countries and history they will inherit. I hope my pictures will help bridge local borders, real and imagined.

 

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Matt Lutton (b. 1984) is an American photographer who has been living in Belgrade, Serbia, since 2009. He was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. He is the co-founder of the online photojournalism website Dvafoto, which began in 2005. His project “Homeless in Seattle” was awarded a grant by the Alexia Foundation for World Peace in 2007 and was exhibited at the Seattle City Hall in July 2008. The Anthropographia Award for Human Rights and Photography selected his project “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” about the destruction and relocation of the Roma community living in Belgrade, Serbia, for their 2010 traveling exhibition. His current project about the Serbian emergence from the Milosevic decade and its role in post-war Balkans is titled “Only Unity” and was nominated for the POYi Emerging Vision Incentive in 2010.

 

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World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day to recognize the importance of earth's most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. While we often take water for granted, many cannot. And water plays a role in almost everything we do. We drink it, wash in it, play in it, generate power with it, irrigate crops with it, travel and transport goods on it, fight fires with it, and worship with it. Gathered here are images of water from the last year in all its uses, in scarcity and in abundance. -- Lane Turner (48 photos total)
A child bathes from a public tap in his neighborhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on March 6, 2012. A UNICEF report says unhygienic conditions cause an estimated 1. 2 million child deaths before the age of five from diarrhea worldwide every year. The report says in urban areas access to improved water and sanitation is not keeping pace with population growth. (Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press)

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Europe has been battling a deep freeze that started in late January and has killed hundreds, snow that has trapped thousands in Balkan mountain villages and prompted worries of flooding as heavy snow melts. In Greece and Bulgaria, flooding on Monday and Tuesday left dozens of homes under water and at least eight dead. Serbian [...]

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Frigid temperatures have gripped Europe in the last week, with the mercury reaching as low as 35 degrees Celsius below zero. After what had been a relatively mild winter, the sudden cold caught many unprepared. Eastern Europe is hardest hit, with over 100 deaths in Ukraine, and with over 11,000 people in remote villages cut off by snow in Serbia. Most of the fatalities recorded have been homeless people found frozen to death outside, and emergency tents with hot meals have been set up to help them in several affected countries. Russia and Poland are mobilizing help for the homeless. Travel in Romania has been chaos as a blizzard hampered efforts to clear both rails and roads. Recorded temperatures in Italy were the lowest in 27 years. -- Lane Turner (45 photos total)
A woman looks out a bus in Bucharest on February 2, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

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GUARDING THE PRESIDENT
GUARDING THE PRESIDENT: Police officers guarded pro-Western President Boris Tadic’s office from protesters in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday. About 200 demonstrators chanted slogans and burned a NATO flag in protest against an upcoming NATO conference there. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

COUCH PROTESTER
COUCH PROTESTER: A demonstrator slept on a couch in Madrid Monday, a day after fellow demonstrators started to disband from their encampment in the city’s landmark Puerta del Sol Square. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

DAY IN COURT
DAY IN COURT: Police escorted paramilitary officials from a court in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday. The suspects are accused in the death of an unarmed man. The incident was captured on video. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters)

HOLDING ON
HOLDING ON: A man held onto chains hanging from a bridge as he bathed in rapidly moving waters of the Ganges River in Haridwar, India, Monday. (Vivek Prakash/Reuters)

IN THE MIDDLE
IN THE MIDDLE: Schoolgirls waited in line for their midday meal at a government-run school on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Monday. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RAIN RUBBLE
RAIN RUBBLE: A woman sat amid debris Sunday from a landslide that was triggered by torrential rainfall in Linxiang, Hunan Province, China. More heavy downpours were forecast this week over central and southern China, where seasonal flooding has already killed more than 100 people, state media said. (Associated Press)

FOUL FISH
FOUL FISH: Fishery workers disposed of putrid fish that went bad in the wake of a deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami as sea gulls flew overhead in Ishinomaki, Japan, Monday. (Kimimasa Mayama/European Pressphoto Agency)

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TAKING OFF
TAKING OFF: A plane carrying former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic took off from Belgrade, Serbia, en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday. Mr. Mladic was extradited to stand trial before a U.N. war-crimes tribunal on charges he oversaw the genocide of thousands of Muslims. (Srdjan Suki/European Pressphoto Agency)

CAMP KISS
CAMP KISS: A couple kissed at their protest camp in a square in Madrid Tuesday. Thousands of Spaniards have been protesting lawmakers’ handling of the country’s economic crisis. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)

BEACHED WHALE
BEACHED WHALE: A 44-foot long dead sperm whale lay on a beach in Redcar, England, Tuesday. Rescuers were unable to save the whale, which washed ashore alive. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)

WEDDING DISASTER
WEDDING DISASTER: Rescuers carried a body out of the water after a bus transporting a wedding party plunged 15 feet into a lake west of Guwahati, India, Monday. The would-be groom was among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

DRINK UP
DRINK UP: A worker paused for a drink of water as he worked on a construction site in New Delhi Tuesday. (Manan Vatsyayana/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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Born in Belgrade in 1969, Goran Tomasevic started working for Reuters as a freelance photographer in 1996 during the anti-Milosevic demonstrations. He was based in Baghdad during the Iraq conflict, in Jerusalem during tense times between the Israelis and Palestinians, and is now senior photographer in Egypt. Goran just rebased to Cairo after covering the uprising in Libya. In 2003 and 2005 Goran won the Reuters photographer of the year award. In the portfolio below, Goran recounts his experiences in conflict zones around the world.
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SMOKING
SMOKING: A man smoked a cigarette as he waited for a train to depart in Lisbon Tuesday. Train workers went on strike over government austerity measures, leaving thousands of commuters stranded. The national rail company said more than 90% of its trains didn’t run. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)

LINED UP
LINED UP: Honor guards prepared for a ceremony at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier near Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday. Serbia is celebrating the anniversary of the first Serbian uprising and the creation of the modern Serbian state. (Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press)

MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE: A U.S. Marine inspected an unmanned aerial vehicle in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Tuesday. (Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A CRACKED TIRE
A CRACKED TIRE: A worker dismantled a worn-out rubber tire at a workshop on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, Tuesday. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

LEGISLATIVE UPROAR
LEGISLATIVE UPROAR: Members of the Iranian Parliament shouted slogans against opposition leaders amid antigovernment protests before the start of their session in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday. Meanwhile, police used tear gas and electric prods against protesters in the streets. (Raouf Mohseni/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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