I want a new life

by Sajad Nosrati

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One of the biggest problems in many countries is drug addiction and Iran is one of the countries that is fighting this problem.

In the South of Tehran there is a neighbourhood called Harandi. This neighbourhood is where many workers choose to live because it is located near several major bazaars in Tehran, which is where drugs are often sold. The other reason is the low cost of rented accommodation. Many of the addicts live collectively in group homes.

The presence of significant drug addicts in this neighbourhood has caused drug dealers and addicts to come to this area. For this reason, many residents have either left this area or have become addicts themselves. In recent years, many public and governmental institutions have begun trying to solve this problem. Several addiction treatment centres have opened in Harandi and recovering addicts are trying to start new lives. Schools have been created for the children of addicts to have a different future from their parents.

 

Balancing on the rope of Peace

by Isabel Corthier

At the reconciliation event

In a war-torn country like the CAR, brothers and sisters, Christians and Muslims are pitted against one-another. The chance that a small incident can escalate into violence or a resumption of conflict, is very real. Bangassou, a town in the south of the CAR, is struggling to keep peace in their region after the Seleka rebels had occupied it.
Laypeople, politicians, priests, Muslim leaders and civic/cultural organizations each use their own strategy to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.
In this void between normalcy and war, the people of Bangassou struggle to carry on.
For some time this fragile calm has been maintained; the residents of Bangassou have spared themselves from the cycle of retributive violence which has cursed so many other communities in their country.
Unfortunately since the Anti-Balaka rebels entered Bangassou in May 2017, the situation has deteriorated and the peaceful town has been caught up in the conflict.

Together with Stephan Van Diest I visited Bangassou in 2015 to make this series. Because of the volatile security in the country, we entered Bangassou by pirogue after driving 400 km through the jungle of Congo on motorbikes.

This year the series “Balancing on the rope of peace” won gold at PX3 in Paris in the category press/other.

 

Gentrification

by Massimiliano Tuveri

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A process by which middle-class people take up residence in a traditionally working-class area of a city, changing the character of the area  (Collins English Dictionary)
The so-called city renewal is advertised as an event able to benefit all its residents, but reality is often very different.
A series of problems dramatically emerge in the very contexts where, due to subsequent processes related to gentrification, the initial identity of the neighbourhood is gradually vanishing, and those that could seem to be transformational tensions actually hide serious inner conflicts.
The existence of urban movements and the constitution of local and residents’ associations are often the expression of an urban social fabric acting in order to defend the very neighbourhood, and the tangible sign that the resident social class feels threatened, reacting somehow to transformations perceived as more and more pressing and unstoppable.
Examples of this process in Rome are the neighbourhoods of Testaccio and Pigneto, areas where an artistic and cultural movement is particularly strong and lively, but where this renewal has not been actually accompanied by policies aiming at regenerating urban spaces; on the contrary, the neighbourhoods have been slowly and inexorably left to themselves. In a matters of years, the local population (mainly belonging to the working class) has decreased by 15%, while average rents have raised by almost 2%.
From a social point of view, then, gentrification tends to exclude instead of including.

THE KAREN

by Andreas Vassiliou

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Karen is a tribe mostly living in Burma, they were forced out of Burma to Thai territories just across Moei river, a natural border line. They had to survive from malaria and the often attacks by the Burmese army . Intentionally in order to force them further inside Thailand they burnt their makeshift homes and their belongings. Every morning life was starting through smokes and ashes.

Perhaps Someday

by Daniel Vondav

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“Why Mexico, my country, it’s so weird-shaped of half and half, an endless source of tenderness, and a deep well of bestiality?”. Benito Juarez (Mexico ex president)

AQUIN IXNETLA (Perhaps Someday) by Daniel Vondav.
What did we do to not be able to live in peace? What size is the ambition of man that makes him indifferent to his peers. Many years have passed, and in the most recent history of Mexico 84 years have’t been enough.

Constantly in the history of the Mexico, characters have emerged trying to change their own reality. However, as if in each human being the seed of betrayal was sown, we have returned again and again along the same path.

On July 2, 2018 civil society exercised its right to vote, incredibly granting a huge advantage to the leftist candidate. Much is talked about the fatigue towards the other parties, as well as the last hope for a change for the peaceful way.

Although the feelings are different, the expectations and demands of the vote of confidence in society, today more than ever, we want to believe that we can change the country, that it has never been too late, and that the blood and deaths have not been in vain.

With a project that sustains the hope of an entire country, the arduous work of a society full of dreams, the eyes of the world towards this new stage, every day we get up and say in our In Perhaps, Someday.

HELD SUMMER EXHIBITION

RAMBLING MINDS 

Rambling with the blues, Mississippi on my mind

by Steve Gardner

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Young boy at his window in Sunflower County, MS 1986. This boy was living with his mother and seven other children in a two room shack out on the edge of a catfish pond. The boy had been out in the field playing with the irrigation hose when his mother called him home. The day was hot and the inside of his house must have been hotter. They had no electricity. The best that they could hope for was a cool evening breeze off the catfish pond which also brought swarms of mosquitos along with the smell of catfish through the torn screen.

When I was growing up in Mississippi, I would often hear people blowing on harmonicas or picking out tunes on a guitar.   The sounds always seemed magical to me.  But it was only when I started blowing on a harmonica myself that I really understood just how close to the land and how deep in the people’s hearts that musical magic really is.  It was that same place, and that same magic that gave birth to the blues…and it sounded a note that was heard around the world.

The blues spawned both Jazz and Rock ‘n Roll and many other current music genres.  But ‘Let’s not eat the fruits without praising the tree’ – and expression I often heard when growing up in Mississippi.  When you play or listen to blues music its always worth remember its roots; the face of the land and the eyes of its people.

 

Rambling Steve Gardner, born in 1956 Jackson, Mississippi USA, 1978 journalism major University of Southern MS. Based in Tokyo, Japan since late 1980. Worked for Jackson (MS) Daily News, Pacific Press Service (PPS), Mega Press, Newsweek, Time, Playboy (Japan), Kodansha publishing, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising (Tokyo). Photographic exhibitions Tokyo Nikon & Kodak Salons. Member of the Tokyo Photo Workshop. Published RAMBLING MIND, 1994 Verso Gallery Publishing (Tokyo) a collection of black and white photographs made between 1977 and 1993 of Mississippi, called by Library of Congress documentarian, Alan Lomax , “…the land when the blues began.” Based In Tokyo, Japan, Rambling Steve Gardner Plays Original, Acoustic Roots And Country Blues Music; Finger Picking And Slide On National Reso-Phonic Guitars, And Harmonica. You Know, Big Leg Acoustic Stuff.

With More Than Seven CDs Of Traditional And Original Music, Rambling Steve Gardner Plays And Tours Solo And With The JERICHO ROAD SHOW In The Southeastern United States, Austria And Germany As Well As His Home Base Of Japan, Where Many Of His Tours Have Been Sponsored By The Cultural Affairs Section Of The United States Department Of State.

Rambling Steve Gardner, Based In Japan Since 1980, Grew Up In Mississippi, Listening To, Learning From And Sometimes Playing With Many Of The Legendary Blues Greats From: Sam Chatmon Of The Mississippi Sheiks, Booby Barnes, And James “Son” Thomas In The Mississippi Delta; Jessie Mae Hemphill, The “She Wolf” Of The Mississippi Hill Country; Down To Central Mississippi Blues Man Jack Owens From Bentonia, To Name But A Few.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Earth’s Circle – Kolodozero

by Ekaterina Solovieva

Viktor and Elena, the singers  in the church, clean up after the service
Fifteen years ago, three rebellious friends from Moscow were strolling trough the north searching for the meaning of life until they ran into a beautiful village on a lake shore called Kolodozero. In 2001 they started rebuilding the local church, which was burned in 1977. One of them, the gingerbeard punk Arkady Shlykov stayed there forever and became a priest in the new church. The stern locals at first cast much suspicion onto the rockstar-resembling priest, but later on came to love him wholeheartedly. Thanks to Arkady and his willingness to help the village «woke up». He became its kernel, brought motivation to people and provoked a new wave of its developpement.

The village of Kolodozero, deeply concealed in the woods of Pudozh, is located on the border between Arkhangelsk Oblast and Karelia. In ancient times, people settled on the northern fanks of the local bodies of water—rivers and lakes. Kolodozero therefore consists of a handful of small hamlets—Lakhta, Isakovo, Ust’-Reka, Pogost’, Zaozerye, and Dubovo. Houses are scattered along the picturesque lake’s shores and capes. Fifteen years ago, these places enchanted three friends from Moscow who were strolling around the north and searching for the meaning of life, and most likely, themselves as well. In 2001, they jointly gathered resources and started building a new church to replace the old one that was burned down back in 1977. One of the friends, the redhead rebel and punk Arkady Shlykov, who graduated from the Moscow Spiritual Seminary, accepted the ordination in 2005. A 40 years later, therefore, parochial life was born anew in the village. The stern locals at frst cast much suspicion onto the shaggy-haired, rockstar- resembling priest, but later on came to love him wholeheartedly. They accepted his freedom, both external and internal, and appreciated his character—peace-loving and gentle. This is a story about the people of the Russian North, about what keeps them together, about the spirit and soul, about their passions and emotions.

Several months after the project was closed, on February 12th 2018, I have got sad news from Kolodozero. Priest Arkady Shlykov suddenly died after a heart attack. He was 45 years old. All the years he lived in Kolodozero he took all the problems and sorrows of the people of the village very personally, helped them selfessly. He used to spend hours hitchhiking to the remote communities to baptize, read the funeral service or just serve in the temple. And at some moment his heart gave up. A new priest has been already appointed to the church in Kolodozero. But he won’t be able to serve regularly, and people are yet to get used to him.

The Creative Imagination

by Najlaa Dadbar

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The term imagination has its root in the Latin verb imaginary meaning “to picture oneself”. It means that imagination belongs to an individual scope, and has a denotation of self-reflection, an examination of one’s own feelings and thoughts1. In other words imagination is a mental power that utilizes individual feelings and thoughts to make world and its phenomena in it. Imagination not only creates imaginary objects in our mind but also is the most important part of our perception of real world.
On the other hand we believe Objects are not alive and are without soul and consciousness. Human beings use them, play with them and live though them. “Rose” as a real object, is a doll in real world who, plays a similar role to an imaginary baby in a fanciful world that even plays real itself. Ronyia is a 8 years old girl who creates Rose within her imagination and in this imaginary relationship Rose creates part of her identity and shape her personality as a girl who is a supporter and a mother.
Rose as one of the symbols of human’s imagination is creative and certainly like other imagination can suddenly be broken or fertilized over time. Imaginations that are created by us
1.References: Chaoyun Liang; Chi-Cheng Chang; “THE EXPLORATION OF INDICATORS OF IMAGINATION”.

PURPLE PLAIN

by Fatimah Hossaini

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Gulghundi is a populated place located in Parwan, Afghanistan.it’s a plain is full of Arghawan flowers and people in Afghanistan go there for fun on weekends. These flowers are only in the second month of spring and make the whole plain purple. Among these fun times, Unlike men who are comfortable, Women are still among Burqa .

IMPRESSIONS OF VIETNAM

by Drew Hopper

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An ongoing personal project by Australian photographer Drew Hopper.

Isolated fragments of Vietnam, a bold and intimate fasination of the Non la. Simply by removing the inherent context from the viewer, Drew purposely creates a seemingly surreal and abstracted reality from one of Vietnam’s iconic objects, the Non la ( traditional conical hat). With the use of harsh light, shadow, texture and shape, Drew conveys the impression of Vietnamese culture in it’s purest form. All images have been produced by using numerous photographic techniques achieved in-camera, with minimal enhancement in post.