Shared Sorrows, Divided Lines

Title: Shared Sorrows, Divided Lines

Photographer/s: Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Date of publication: published few copies as a Book Dummy in 2010

Place of publication: Blurb

Printer: Blurb

Publisher: Blurb

Language: English

Category: Photography Book

Summary: SHARED SORROWS – DIVIDED LINES is my personal story of experiencing life in the Caucasus. It is an ongoing discovery of an extraordinary place, where no matter how carefully I study it, the end result produces more questions than answers.
I first arrived in Georgia in 2001, inspired by the implausible stories and passionate nature of two Georgian friends who had stayed at my home in Poland in the 1990s. They were intensely proud of their Georgian identity and utterly bitter over what their country had become. I relished their sharp and cynical sense of humor, in which anything could be turned into a joke; humor was also a way to neutralize fear or hardships.
I moved to Tbilisi a year later and started a long-term project about the South Caucasus – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – and the separatist territories of Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and South Ossetia. I completed the story in 2009, one year after the war between Russia and Georgia ended. I chose to photograph the region as a whole instead of focusing on an individual country because these countries share so much in terms of traditions and customs, while their fates are intertwined. They are victims of the same history. The separatist conflicts they each face are the consequence of political disputes. The ethnic antipathy we witness is a localized byproduct of these disputes, not the cause. The dynamics of this ethnic mosaic, which I see as a curse and blessing, is the underlying element in my work.
It took the Georgian-Russian war in 2008 to get the world to look at the region, but the attention was as short-lived as the headlines. The South Caucasus is a vital link between east and west. Its geopolitical significance has not changed. The west and Russia have designs on Azerbaijan’s oil; a democratically developing Georgia has eyes on NATO membership, which Russia aims to thwart; opposition parties strive to overthrow repressive regimes; and people wonder how they can afford the rising cost of bread without a job. Conflict is a daily reality.

Date and place of birth of photographer/s: 21 November 1973 Marklowice, Poland

Website: www.justmiel.com , www.justmiel.org

Book link: http://www.justmiel.com/gallery.php?ProjectID=9

Donated by: Blurb

iPL Notes: This book was an Honorable Mention in the Editorial Category for the Blurb Photography Book Now competition 2010.

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Exhibition Catalog for “A Survey of Documentary Styles in Early 21st Century Photobooks”

More about the exhibition here, here and here.
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Thank you to Patrick Aguilar of Owl & Tiger Books who did such an outstanding job designing the iPL’s first exhibition catalog!

“…the Indie Photobook Library is fast becoming one of Washington’s more interesting small collections.” – Mark Jenkins, Washington Post Express, November 9, 2011

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive at Rayko in San Francisco

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APPA in San Francisco
Hosted by Rayko
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 495-3773
Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:30-7:30pm

The Indie Photobook Library welcomes the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive to the United States! Come to Rayko for the first stop in the APPA’s roadtrip of pop-up exhibitions. The APPA will exhibit contemporary self-published photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region. Browse almost 50 titles, socialize, be inspired, get creative!

Modeled after the Indie Photobook Library, founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010 and based in the DC area, the APPA is a unique collection of self-published, limited edition, and handmade photobooks and zines whose sole purpose is the promotion of photographic work/books from the Asia-Pacific region. The AP region has some of the most exciting and vibrant photographic work being produced currently – due to economic and, sometimes, political and social constraints, photobooks from most countries in the AP region are not able to be seen at fairs and festivals internationally, and do not get shortlisted for the top awards in the USA and Europe. The Archive redresses this balance by getting copies directly from the photographers themselves, from countries big and small in the Asia-Pacific region and then traveling to events and festivals worldwide to show and promote these books; these books are ones that would not be seen and experienced otherwise. In 2013 the Archive traveled to Tokyo, Cambodia, and Malaysia, and in 2014 with huge collection of books now in the Archive we are traveling to the USA to bring a selection of photobooks never before seen in North America.
The Archive has a permanent home in Melbourne, Australia, which is open to the public, researchers, artists, and institutions. The Archive also runs photobook talks, workshops, competitions, discussions, advisory sessions, and helps unknown Asia-Pacific photographers to get their work published. The Archive is directed by Daniel Boetker-Smith; Daniel is also the founder of Photobook Melbourne, an international photobook festival happening in February 2015 in Melbourne.

For more information about these collections and to donate books, visit www.indiephotobooklibrary.org and www.photobookarchive.com.

 

The APPA will then travel to the 5th Annual New York Zine Fair hosted by Camera Club of New York and Foley Gallery, September 12-14, 2014 and the Leica Store in DC, September 20, 2014.

Outside Windows

Outside Windows © Steven Tagle

Title: Outside Windows

Photographer/s: Steven Tagle

Contributor/s: Jeff Parker

Date of publication: 2/4/14

Trying to Find the Ocean

Trying to Find the Ocean © Michael Ast

Title: Trying to Find the Ocean

Photographer/s: Michael Ast

Contributor/s: Mark Alice Durant (afterword essay)

Date of publication: May, 2014

Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found

Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found © Heidi Kirkpatrick

Title: Heidi Kirkpatrick: Lost and Found

Photographer/s: Heidi Kirkpatrick

Date of publication: October 12, 2013

Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa

Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa © Verena Hägler

Title: Küchen entlang der TeLa / Kitchens along TeLa

Photographer/s: Verena Hägler

Contributor/s: Sarah Dorkenwald (Book design) / Andrea Cermak (Editorial) / Verena Hägler (Interviews)

Date of publication: 7th March 2014

Beauty and Wisdom

Beauty and Wisdom © Robbie Kaye

Title: Beauty and Wisdom

Photographer/s: Robbie Kaye

Contributor/s: Destiny Allison, Aline Smithson, Rita Ross, Michiko Rolek, Karen Monroy, Beth Hoffman,Ruby Salter, Diana Clark,

Date of publication: 2013

Smaakmakers, boeren in de stad

Smaakmakers, boeren in de stad © Lotte Clerkx

Title: Smaakmakers, boeren in de stad

Photographer/s: Lotte Clerkx

Contributor/s: Hannie van den Bergh, Ellen van den Berg

Date of publication: may 2014

Habitar la oscuridad (To Inhabit Darkness)

Habitar la oscuridad (To Inhabit Darkness) © Marco Antonio Cruz

Title: Habitar la oscuridad (To Inhabit Darkness)

Photographer/s: Marco Antonio Cruz

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen, Conaculta

Date of publication: 2011

CHOQUES (Collisions)

CHOQUES (Collisions) © Diego Levy

Title: CHOQUES (Collisions)

Photographer/s: Diego Levy

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen,Conaculta

Date of publication: September, 2010

DF penúltima region (DF penultimate region)

DF penúltima region (DF penultimate region) © Gerardo Suter

Title: DF penúltima region (DF penultimate region)

Photographer/s: Gerardo Suter

Contributor/s: Centro de la Imagen, Conaculta

Date of publication: 2011