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”

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Title: Pretty Much

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Haunted

Haunted

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Photographer/s: Andy Reaser

Contributor/s: Amanda “Sugar” Jones; Michelle Mazariego

Date of publication: 2012

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Title: Luck

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Date of publication: 2012

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Title: Lido. A sud di nessun nord

Photographer/s: Allegra Martin

Date of publication: 2014, May

DUPLICITY

DUPLICITY

Title: DUPLICITY

Photographer/s: Stephen R. Milanowski

Contributor/s: Bob Tarte

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Title: Das Farbenspiel der Dinge

Photographer/s: Annosh Urbanke

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PEOPLE I KNOW, MAYBE + PERSONE CHE CONOSCO, FORSE

People I Know, Maybe

Title: PEOPLE I KNOW, MAYBE + PERSONE CHE CONOSCO, FORSE

Photographer/s: PIK,M: Marco Marzocchi, Claudia Moroni, Federica Nuzzo, Giangiacomo Pepe, Francesco Ferod’ Dinoia, Guido Borso, Luca Campanale, Nicola Albertin, Andrea Caviggia, Sara Perovic, Riccardo Bergadano, Claudia Zalla. PCC,F: ERSONE CHE CONOSCO, FORSE: Francesco Ercolini, Camilla Candida Donzella, Nicola Albertin, Teresa Frausin, Andrea Boscardin, Ramon Zuliani, Claudio Majorana, Francesco Lusa, Carlo Beccalli, Alessandra Magno, Kristina Babusci, Arianna Sanesi, Paolo Bazzana, Chiara Fossati, Flavia Culcasi, Riccardo Banfi, Federico Ferrari, Alessandro Formenti.

Date of publication: March 2013

The Indie Photobook Library / West Elm reading room at the PPAC Book Fair, April 24-25, 2015

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For the fifth year in a row, the Indie Photobook Library will be at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair presenting a selection of new photobooks to the archive with a nod to photobook makers in the Asia-Pacific and Mexico!

Come get comfortable with a good photobook in the the West Elm sponsored Indie Photobook Library reading room.

The Annex on Filbert
830 Filbert Street, Philadelphia
Free and open to the public

Friday, April 24th; 11am-9pm
Saturday, April 25th; 10am-6pm

B O O K S :

Asia-Pacific
Salt by Emma Phillips

Dominion by Wawi Navarozza, published by STEPHANIAN x Studio Wawi Navarroza

Incipient Strangers by Yoshikatsu Fujii

Within You Without You by Kate Golding

Nebulous by Taku Onoda

Gold Coast by Ying Ang

Lit by Ana Kras & Marija Strajnic, published by Bloom Publishing

JAPAN-GO-ROUND by Maki Hayashida

Alone Together by Mi-Yeon, published by Kaya Books


Mexico
EX CORDE by Rodrigo Ramos

Moises by Mariela Scancari

Nuevo Departamento de Oftalmología / Colima / Jalisco (issue 2) by Roberto Salazar

Nuevo Departamento de Oftalmología / Dos Aniversarios (issue 1) by Roberto Salazar

Carpoolers by Alejandro Cartagena


A Thousand Ancestors by Michelle Arcila, Eivind Opsvik, published by Loyal Label

Bielefeld, Kevelaer, Horumersiel by Geirmundur Klein

Tierra Brava by Paul Turounet

Adrift by Magda Biernat

Sea Change by Christine Redmond, published by APB

Again and again by Peter Hoffman

After Geography by Andrew Fedynak, published by Zatara Press

Three Routines by John Gossage

Volunteer by Paul Seawright, published by APB

Primer by Karolina Karlic

Photourist by Andy Gershon, published by Daniel 13

Things Boulders Ate by Peter Happel Christian, published by Mystery Spot Books

She Comes in Color by Florian Braakman

Double Blind by Marion Denis, published by Revolver Publishing

Wild Pigeon by Carolyn Drake

Beautiful Pig by Ben Schonberger (second edition)

Tar Beach Blind by Curtis Hamilton

A Sudden Drop by Sveinn Fannar Johannsson

Art Fare by Andy Freeberg, published by Sojourn Books

The Canaries by Thilde Jensen

Alex Cretey Systermans published by Selektor Magazine

Late Spring by Debby Huysmans, published by APE

transmontanus by Salvi Danés, published by Ediciones Anómalas

Processed Views by Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman

Speaking of Scars by Teresa Eng

Touch by Peter Dekens, published by The Eriskay Connection

Escape by Antonio Eugenio

We Saw it Before You published by Hillvale

Salix Polaris by Anka Sielska

Woodland by Andrea Papi, published by Monkeyphoto

“Потом/after a while” by Natalia Baluta

Some Los Angeles Apartments by Sveinn Fannar Johannsson, published by Multinational Enterprises

Selections from Joint Photographic Survey edited by Adam C Ryder

Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William and Mary, published by College of William & Mary

Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Trent Parke, published by Little Brown Mushroom Books

Calvin Klein: The Dyslexic Collection by Jan Dirk van der Burg

Spook Light Chronicles vol. 3 – we always lie to strangers by Lara Shipley & Antone Dolezal, published by Search Party Press

Creatures of Habit published by Landlocked

Young Soul Rebels by Dennis Schoenberg

No Direction Left to Turn by Di Emerson and Paul Garcia

Panorama by Sebastian Mejia, published by Daga Ediciones

Stone Turner by Bea Nettles


Selections by Larissa Leclair and Alexis Lodsun.

For a list of exhibitors and programming, visit http://www.phlartbookfair.com/.