Grozny: Nine Cities


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Since 2009, in the aftermath of an all-too-fresh conflict, Russian documentary photographers Olga Kravets (1984), Maria Morina (1982) and Oksana Yushko (1975) have covered Grozny, Chechnya.

Grozny: a city that ceased to exist, a city of war, a city of religion, a city of men and women, a city of servants, a city of strangers, a city of oil and a city of normalcy.

In joining their efforts, these photographers each offer their personal point of view on the complex, and sometimes forgotten, burning Chechen conflict. Applying a concept from Thornton Wilder's book Theophilus North, the series centres on the idea of nine cities being hidden in one; nine levels of existence hidden within the city. In their sub series 'City of Men' they attempt to unveil some dark secrets of the place, reinvented rather than reconstructed.