During the Slideshow the music from Tutarchela (Female Singer Choir from Rustavi) is playing. link: www.foto8.com
A longer version here in the Daylight-Magazin: The October 2009 Daylight podcast features Uwe Schober's examination of postwar Georgia with his 'Nachklang' portfolio as well as audio selections by Tutarchela.
I was in Georgia during the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008 photographing the internally displaced people living there in limbo. In 2009, one year after the war, I went to Georgia again and visited the same places that I photographed one year previously.
Through a series of decidedly allegorical and metaphorical composites I am attempting to highlight the situation in Georgia as it represents itself to me now: a country still marred by the repercussions and after-effects of the war, a country more than ever torn between denied access to the west and a territorial integrity in tatters – its people being left with a broken democracy – a Georgia in limbo.
By combining the two images and collapsing them into one frame – stripping away the dimension of time and leaving the continuum of space – I am attempting to show that so much has changed and yet so little.
My aim was not to create one “seamless” composite image but one that is clearly and visibly a combined image, the photographic equivalent of a Brecht epic theatre piece, a disturbance to the viewer.