All images © Ksenia Kuleshova, courtesy of the artist.
Legends are legends, reality often differs. Abkhazia today is a sort of "no man's land", recognized by few countries. "A lost place on the world map" as Ksenia Kuleshova, who has spent the last 2 years documenting this territory that is still a part of Georgia, describes it. Still alive as a touristic paradise in the memory of Russians, Abkhazia has been heavily transformed by the war for independence in 1992. Ksenia Kuleshova recalls her parent's tourist stories about Abkhazia, comparing them to the present situation and the interactions she creates with Abkhaz people. She is not interested in photographing the signs of the war, but she wants to concentrate on the positive sides, on the desire of a revenge and the effort people puts in building the basis for a social, economical and political development. She says she "wants to find the soul" of a territory that, in the local language, means “land of the soul”.