Do we belong to our clan, or we are all independent individuals? Do we have a right to separate ourself from the clan or it’s an act of betrayal?
East and West have exact answers for these questions. Russia do not: ones are inseparable from their families and live for continuing and supporting their “tribe”, while the others cut off all the connections and are absolutely on their own. I try to understand where my place is, whether it is among my relatives.
To research the matter I shoot the place where I was born and where I lived for the first 9 years. My grandmother, grandfather and other mother’s relatives live there even now. Leaving this place was really painful. For several years I was trying to recover from it. Now I shoot this place and my relatives who live there.