Grozny: Nine Cities
Joint project by Olga Kravets, Maria Morina, and Oksana Yushko
Grozny, the capital of war-torn Chechnya, is a melting pot for changing Caucasus society that is trying to overcome a post-trauma shock of two recent wars and find its own way of life in between traditional Сhechen values, Muslim traditions, and globalization.
The body of work itself is inspired by a Thornton Wilder’s book, Theophilus North, and centers on the idea of nine cities being hidden in one, which gives us a concept to explore specific aspects of the aftermath of two Chechen wars considering them as ”levels” hidden within Grozny.
Grozny: Nine Cities is the Grand Prize Winner in the Multimedia Category of the Lens Culture International Exposure Awards 2011.