"Could you go and bring
me a sun?"

What is leaving and how it is to live among those who are still stand. I rose in my hometown situated at north of Transnistria and never knew nothing about outside world apart of few memories from Ukraine, where I spend short time of my childhood. Longly enough, after moving to Moldova, I never thought about my hometown. When I started to practice photography, apparently first thing I wanted to document was this split of unrecognised land. But soon enough I faced the fact that I framed my narrative in same cliche-istic manner as "other" media did. From that moment I tried to understand what this piece of land means to me and it brought me back to the town of my home place. I thought it would be a good idea to understand myself and people living there, through memories and parallels with my, still living there, relatives. But, apparently, there was no vivid memory that can shake my feelings. So I started to go there more often and spend time with family to retake those memories an understand this bank of childhood that was divide from other world as well as it is divided from me being on other side. I was curious to understand why it is left by its people even more than Moldova(most shrinking country in Europe) and what it is to be on a verge of choosing. I can't pretend to give answers but at least to touch the feeling of the place that once allowed me to feel the air while running through the apple gardens.

After USSR breakdown, tensions between Moldova and the unrecognised state of Dniester's river left bank escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July 1992. As part of that agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova, Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarised zone, comprising twenty localities on both sides of the river. Although the ceasefire has held, the territory’s political status remains unresolved: Transnistria is an unrecognised but independent presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, and currency. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and coat of arms.

ongoing project
transnistria, moldova
Girl standing in central square of Ribnita during prom manifestation.
Main square of Ribnita city, second biggest biggest industrial centre of Transnistrian region.
Last bell manifestation in Ribnita, Transnistria
Katerine and Alexander during their walk on river bank. Ribnita, Transnistria
Katrine with her mother at their courtyard. Ribnita, Transnistria
An alley in Ribnita. Transnistria
Katrine and Alexander watering garden together. Ribnita, Transnistria
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Katrine and Alexander rest in the room at Katrine's parents house in Ribnita. Transnistrian Region. Republic of Moldova.
Alexander shaves head before his millitary service. Ribnita, Transnistria
Katerine and Alexander during his day of millitary service. Ribnita, Transnistria
Alexander staring on a bridge acros Dniester river. Ribnita, Transnistrian region.

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