Grozny: Nine Cities

Grozny: Nine Cities blog

Since November 2009 me and two my colleagues, Olga Kravets and Oksana Yushko, have been working together on a joint project in Grozny, Cehchnya.

Our project Grozny, Nine Cities is inspired by a Thornton Wilder 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 ”cities” hidden within Grozny.

Grozny is a crucible for changing Сaucasus 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, to cope with rapidly changing role of women, increasing contrast between rich and poor and political games.

The ultimate idea of working together is to produce a photo novel, connecting all of our individual stories, bigger than the sum of its parts.

These photos are only a fragment of our long time project. The final collection will be presented as a web-documentary in 2014.

Photos by Maria Morina






Grozny: Nine Cities multimedia, 5 minutes, 2011


Photography: Maria Morina, Olga Kravets, Oksana Yushko
Video: Maria Morina, Olga Kravets
Сurator: Anna Shpakova
Music and multimedia production: Jose Bautista /KanseiSounds


Grozny: Nine Cities installation, 20 minutes, for three projectors, 2013


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Photography: Maria Morina, Olga Kravets, Oksana Yushko
Video: Maria Morina, Olga Kravets
Curator: Anna Shpakova
Music and multimedia production: Jose Bautista /KanseiSounds


2009 - 2014


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