Buffer Zone by Mila Teshaieva was part of Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia, curated by Laura De Marco and Erica McDonald for Arte fiera, at Spazio Labo'|Center of Photography tinyurl.com/spaziolabo in Bologna, Italy, 1/28/2012.
Women in Multimedia is a rich selection of multimedia projects by some of the most important women photographers on the international scene. Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia was realized in collaboration with Slideluck Potshow slideluckpotshow.com/, Daylight Magazine daylightmagazine.org/, FlakPhoto.com flakphoto.com/, Prospekt prospekt.it/ and DEVELOP vimeo.com/channels/developphoto - with special thanks to Food For Your Eyes foodforyoureyes.tumblr.com, the Vivian Maier/John Maloof Collection and Panos Pictures. See other pieces included in the event: vimeo.com/album/1823033
Buffer Zone: On August 22 2008, ten days after a war between Georgia and Russia had ended, Russia announced the creation of a Buffer Zone on Georgian territory between Gori and Tshinvali. Neither NGOs nor Georgian police were allowed to enter the security zone and more than 50 Georgian villages were left at the mercy of Ossetian paramilitaries and militia.
Soon, this area became a ghost place: houses were burned and plundered, and the dead bodies of villagers laid in gardens or basements. Still, some of the elderly have remained, either too old to move, or to protect their houses from being destroyed. For more than two months these people lived in permanent fear of being harassed by militia, without electricity and drinking water. At the same time, their families, almost fifty thousand, fled from their villages and remained stranded in camps and schools...
One year after the war, less than half of the buffer zone inhabitants have been able to return to their homes. The atmosphere is still very tense in the villages close to newly established border with South Ossetia. Gunshots can be heard almost every night, and thousands of cluster bombs lay untouched in gardens and fields. Permanent lack of water supply destroyed crops, the only income for villagers. Once the wealthiest part of Georgia, now the district of Gori has become a land of despair and poverty. Fear is seen in people eyes and there is less hope for recovery. Their home is still in this designated Buffer zone, thought not officially, so for the villagers war still continues.
In addition to the group slideshow, solo multimedia pieces featuring the works of Aglaé Bory, Alexandra Boulat, Alisa Resnik, Amy Touchette, Anastasia Taylor-Lind , Andrea Diefenbach, Anna Boyiazis, Anna Nemtsova, Anne Huijnen, Audrey Bardou, Betty Ras, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Carolyn Drake, Cristina Vatielli, Elinor Carucci, Erica McDonald, Erika Larsen, Esther Levine, Hayley Austin, Helen Levitt, Helen Twomey, Jenn Ackerman, Jennette Williams, Jen Plaskowitz, Jodi Bieber, Juliana Beasley, Julie Blackmon, Justine Reyes, Katrin Björk, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Kim Reierson, Kirsten Luce, Laura El-Tantawy, Lauren Hermele, Lynette Astair, Maise Crow, Mery Agakhanyan, Mila Teshaieva, Mirjam Siefert, Nandita Raman, Rena Effendi, Rose Marie Cromwell, Sarah Girner, Sarah Pickering, Shannon Jensen, Sophia Wallace, Stephanie Sinclair, Susan Morelock, Susan Worsham, Tatiana Plotnikova, Tatjana Schlör, Wendy Marijnissen and Vivian Maier were presented at Spazio Labo' for Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia.
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