Well-known in the Soviet time as the land of wine and pomegranates, clean mountain air and sunny beaches the Caucasian republics today are often separated by barbed wire and suspicion as the result of decades of wars and unresolved conflicts, creating a region of tensions.
On his way through this mountainous borderlands between Europe and Asia Jens Olof Lasthein meets and photographs people living their everyday lives in the harsh political reality and discovers that human emotional ties often contradict the official statement about the neighbour across the mountain.
Jens Olof Lasthein
Jens Olof Lasthein has been working as a freelance photographer since 1992. He has held about 50 solo exhibitions around the world and published four books: Moments in Between about the Balkan wars in the 90’s, White Sea Black Sea about the borderland between eastern and western Europe, Home Among Black Hills about the coal and steel city of Charleroi in Belgium, and finally Meanwhile Across the Mountain, about the Caucasus, which includes the pictures from Abkhazia with which he won the Leica Oscar Barnack Award in 2010.
We at Bildband are very excited to host this exhibition and book launch –