What unites us?
Today’s world looks more and more fragmented despite those processes of globalization that form it. Traditional way of life is changing by communication technologies and opportunities for intercultural interaction. Modern societies tend to heterogenity, multiculturalism rises as a challenge which requiers proper reflection.
The answer for the question above can be humanism. Only universal values, mutual respect and mutual support can be an alternative to right-wing populism that we see in many countries today. Nationalism and conservatism are too simple and fragile shelters in a situation when there are less and less borders and much more opportunities to overcome them.
Forced migration emerges when there is no choice, when danger exists. So the attitude to refugees is not only a political issue but also an ethical one, a challenge for humanity.
Refugees from Chechnya – it isn’t something new for Belarus, but the situation that lasts for decades and through this time gained some mythological aspect. It is easy to see the problem in representatives of different culture, but at the same time its easy to understand that no family decides to move into unknown land on it’s own will. No any parents going to take school and friends as well as basic comfort from their children. There should be some reasons for this. Unfortunately, these people forced to leave their homes looking for new ones and seeking for help. The least thing one can do in this case just to recall that besides culture, traditions and religion we have something bigger, something common for all of us.
At the exhibition What unites us? photography of Siarhej Lieskec and Oksana Yushko are exhibited. Siarhej is a Belarusian photographer good known for his works on Belarusian regions, towns and villages. Author creates portrets in the most traditional and authentic part of local culture that lays very far modern rhythm of big cities. But also we can see the signs of time in his works, notice some changes that come to the countryside. At the show one can see “AGRO” series and selected works for media.
Photographs from Chechnya by Oksana Yushko are the part of collective project “Grozny: Nine cities”, that consists of many materials gathered during different trips to Chechnya in ten last years. Works tell about culture and daily life of Chechenian people, show that side of it that usually poorly described in media. In her photos Oksana emphasizes not only those significances of the local tradition but at the same time shows over-national perspective, things that are common for all the humanity.
Exhibition was created in collaboration with Human Constanta human rights defenders.
Aliaxey Talstou, curator.