Luz Photo Agency

PROMISING WATERS

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Mila Teshaieva presents a complex exploration of societal transformation of the three former Soviet republics on the shores of the Caspian Sea: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The battle for control of the region’s oil and gas reserves stipulated a challenge to construct the new states ideology. The total reinvention of national identity undergoes in the countries and fresh symbols of pride are constructed on the ashes of broken past. The stories of people strayed between new and old values are juxtaposed with silent tension of landscapes, which are irreversibly changed by human presence.The project visual language underlines the emotional state of person and society, all that involves waiting, hoping, wishing, imagining a new future that will arrive some day.