I AM GEORGIA
Georgian photographer Dina Oganova (1987) has lived through her nation’s changing faces: formerly part of the Soviet Union, the country won independence before going on to lose parts of itself during civil war.
Despite her homeland’s continuous transformation, Oganova displays a strong sense of personal identity and national pride. This is translated in her quietly powerful black and white images that observe the unique life and culture in Georgia. Accustomed to war and conflict, many of its people are refugees in their own country; Oganova acknowledges these harsh realities whilst finding beauty in the daily life here. Interested in all aspects of the country’s life, the series engages with its people, streets, architecture, landscapes and traditions as strong characters shape scenes, undeterred by the photographer’s presence.