Olya Ivanova is a photographer from Moscow: this year she has been to Georgia twice and shot a small story about Ushguly - the highest living village in Europe (or one of the highest)
Ushguli (Georgia) is the highest year-round living place in Europe, 2200m above the sea level. It's far away from everything but God. Living here you feel his presence all the time. Local people always drink the first toast to God, guests are named 'Gods messengers' and the nearest pass in the mountains is called 'Behind the God'. You began shooting the story about svans, Georgian sub-ethnic group living here, but you finish the story about God's presence. No politics, no history, no ethnographic or anthropological notes. Just stones beneath your feet and sky above you.
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Born in 1981 in Moscow, Russia.
Clients: Monocle, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Psychologies, Russian Reporter, American Airlines, WAD, Vice etc.
Featured in: Lens Culture, Conscientious, Landscapes Stories, Unless you will, Verve Photo, Feature Shoot, La Pura Vida Magazine, Not Common People, Here etc.
Asolo Art Film Festival, Asolo, Italy, August 2012
Women in Multimedia by DEVELOP and Daylight Magazine. Bologna. Italy 2012
Silver Camera, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, 2012
Photovisa. International photofestival. Krasnodar. Russia. 2011
Platonoque. Museums of the Fine arts Denys-Puech of Rodez. France. 2011
Through the eyes of Russian Reporter. Solyanka Gallery. Moscow, Russia. 2010
Open Image #3. Rodchenko Art School. Photobiennale-2010. Moscow, Russia. 2010
InsideOutside: New Images from Russia. Fotoweek DC.Washington, USA. 2009
Mobilization. Festival of social art Art-Sobes. Loft-project Etagi. St. Petersburg, Russia. 2009
Europe and Asia — dialogue of cultures. Metenkov House. Yekaterinburg, Russia. 2009
Generation to go. Germany, Russia, Belarus , Kazakhstan. 2008
Photojournalism Development Fund Prize, 2-nd place in Portraits, Moscow, Russia 2010
Photo Circle Festival, Vilnius, Finalist, Lithuania, 2010
Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable mention in Portrait, 2011, UK
Works are in museums and private collections.
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