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1 / 3       © Aleksey Kondratyev. From the series Formations.

2 / 3       © Aleksey Kondratyev. From the series Formations.

3 / 3       The cover of Formations, the photo book by Aleksey Kondratyev produced by Fabrica.

Formations

Aleksey Kondratyev is a young Kyrgyzstani-American photographer, who spent the period between November 2014 and June 2015 travelling on Fabrica’s assignment in Central Asia and produced a visual itinerary of these barely known and distant places. The result is Formations, a photo project and, now, a photo book produced by Fabrica itself, the Benetton Group's communication research centre established in 1994.
The definition of Central Asia aims at getting together the five ex-Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan e Uzbekistan. During his journey Kondratyev realized that these countries seem resistant to categorization. Kazakhs to the North, Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Turkmens to the south, Uighur peoples on the Chinese side: the roughly 60 million people of Central Asia are predominately Muslim, speak mostly Turkic languages, and share a historical heritage that mixes Persian, Mongol and Russian influences. The Soviet Union, in a way, created Central Asia. It was the Soviets who drew the boundaries that exist today and divided up the people there into rigid ethnic groups. Today, when Soviet Union does not exist anymore, these countries are in the process of formation. Formations shows how each one of them is reinventing itself in the new millennium.
Formations will be on display at the Foto Forum gallery in Bolzano from April 9th to May 7th, 2016. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Friday, April 8th, at 7 pm.

Alexey Kondratyev. Formations
Foto Forum - Südtiroler Gesellschaft für Fotografie, via Weggestein-Straße, 3f - Bolzano/Bozen (Italy)
9 April – 7 May 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Friday, 3 pm - 7 pm | Saturday, 10 am - 12 am | closed on Sundays and Mondays
admission fee: free entry
info: +39 (0)471 982159
info@foto-forum.it
www.foto-forum.it


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