THE SOCHI PROJECT:
AN ATLAS OF WAR AND
TOURISM IN THE CAUCASUS
Photographs by Rob Hornstra
August 31-October 19, 2014
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasuschronicles the complexities of a country in flux. Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have worked together since 2007 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism.” Hornstra and van Bruggen have engaged and researched this small yet incredibly complicated region before it found itself in the glare of international media attention. In the wake of the Winter Olympics, with social and political tensions running high in Russia, this exhibition sheds light on some of the forces at work within a diverse and complex country.
As van Bruggen writes,
“Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the Games than Sochi. Just twenty kilometers away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east, the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished breakaway republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya. On the coast, old Soviet-era sanatoria stand shoulder to shoulder with the most expensive hotels and clubs of the Russian Riviera. By 2014 the area around Sochi will have been changed beyond recognition.”
Reception: Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 5-7 pm at the Reed Gallery.
Open to the public as part of FOTOFOCUS’ month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art.
Additional Related Events:
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Troubled Waters: The Past and Future of the Black Sea
Guest Lecture, Charles King
5-6 pm | DAAP 3420
Charles King is Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University and the author or editor of seven books, including The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was named "History Book of the Year" by the Moscow Times.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Discussion will be facilitated by Assistant Professors, Ivan Ivanov, Brendan Green, and Adjunct Associate Professor Jane Anderson
5pm | DAAP Reed Gallery
This informal discussion will focus on issues related to NATO, Russia, and the Ukrainian Dilemma.
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