A Non-Category Of The Other
The people on the photographs are immigrants from Georgia, Chechnya and Ingushetia, living in a temporary refugee centre in north-eastern Poland. I do not want to tell their stories but rather focus on their existence at that time. They have all come from one place and will go to another, or perhaps stay in Poland. The place they are now, defines them in the eyes of people from the “outside”. It defines them as immigrants, “others”. For as long as they are there, they will be seen as different from the locals.
I have tried to capture their own world, the one they live in. Being isolated from the local community and with little chance of integration, they are eventually marked immigrants in our eyes. I tried to show the whole spectrum of inhabitants of the refugee centre to raise a question: if these people were in a different place, would we see them in the same way?
If an immigrant family were photographed in a luxuriously furnished living room, would we still perceive them as immigrants? I want my photographs to act as mirrors: tools to reflect upon and know ourselves and, ultimately, the others.
Bialystok, Poland, 2010-2011
Asef Ali Mohammad
‘Kabuli’ are young people from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. They are confident and love to meet and talk. However they still show evidence of trying to recover from years of war. They want the freedom to express themselves through arts and poetry and have a rebellious attitude towards convention.
The photographs show Shamsiya Hassani painting graffiti in a bombed building in Kabul and Ali Akhlaqi from Fine Arts Department from Kabul University.
Living from the Sea
Up and down the coastline lie hundreds of canoes each with their own stories to tell. Despite growing urbanization, fishing by traditional methods remains a vital occupation. It is a key part of the country’s economy and also as an important way of life.
For many people the village’s fishing is the only economic activity to provide jobs and it continues to attract people looking for a decent standard of living. This is a fishing tale and a glimpse of a larger story.