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Rob Hornstra, Brothers Zashrikwa (17) and Edrese (14) pose proudly with a kalashnikov on the sofa in their aunt and uncle’s house, Kuabchara, Abkhazia, 2009. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery1 / 8       Rob Hornstra, Brothers Zashrikwa (17) and Edrese (14) pose proudly with a kalashnikov on the sofa in their aunt and uncle’s house, Kuabchara, Abkhazia, 2009. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery2 / 8       Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery3 / 8       Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, The Sukhum Primate Center in Abkhazia is the oldest primate research laboratory in the world, Sukhum, Abkhazia, 2010. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery4 / 8       Rob Hornstra, The Sukhum Primate Center in Abkhazia is the oldest primate research laboratory in the world, Sukhum, Abkhazia, 2010. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery5 / 8       Rob Hornstra,from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery6 / 8       Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, The second time we visit Mikhail Yefremovich Zetunyan (88) in his house with a magnificent view of the Black Sea, Eshera, Abkhazia, 2010. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery7 / 8       Rob Hornstra, The second time we visit Mikhail Yefremovich Zetunyan (88) in his house with a magnificent view of the Black Sea, Eshera, Abkhazia, 2010. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery8 / 8       Rob Hornstra, from the exhibition Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen - The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. © Rob Hornstra/Flatland Gallery.

War and Tourism in the Caucasus

Foto Foum Gallery in Bozen (Italy) hosts The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus, an exhibition which offers a glimpse of Abkhazia, one of the three explored regions within The Sochi Project.

Photographer Rob Hornstra and journalist Arnold van Bruggen have been collaborating since 2009 to explore and document the turbulent region of Sochi, Russia. Over the course of five years and eleven visits, they practiced a form of slow journalism in order to delve deeply into the complexities of the area, and its remarkable transition in preparation to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

A subtropical Soviet-era resort on the Black Sea in the heart of the Caucasus region and far from central Moscow, Sochi lies in close proximity to the conflict zone of Abkhazia, and the impoverished, unstable republics of the North Caucasus. As a place where beach-tourism abuts terrorism, corruption, and poverty, it is full of contradictions. Not surprisingly, Hornstra and van Bruggen met with closed border crossings and overzealous law enforcement officers in the process of developing this project, and nearing its end, they were denied entrance to Russia.

Through photographs, texts, videos, and books, Hornstra and van Bruggen draw viewers into the story of Sochi and the Caucasus, focusing on evocative individual narratives that collectively chronicle larger issues. Along with their accompanying hardcover book of the same title, The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus, this exhibition unpacks the story of Russia’s continuing search for a post-Soviet identity. In the process, Hornstra and van Bruggen expose the far-reaching implications of international political and economic decisions as they meet with local conditions.

Rob Hornstra & Arnold van Bruggen
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

Foto Forum - Südtiroler Gesellschaft für Fotografie, via Weggestein-Straße, 3f - Bolzano/Bozen (Italy)
25 October – 2 December 2017

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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