Maria Turchenkova - Hidden War in the Land of Mountains
Hidden War In the Land of Mountains is a long-term project by photojournalist Maria Turchenkova, born in Moscow 1987 and currently based between Moscow, Paris and Erbil. In collaboration with Lydmar Stockholm.
The Republic of Dagestan in North Caucasus, Russia, with a population of about 3 million, is comprised of more than 40 ethnic groups where ethnic Russians make up roughly 4,5%.
Dagestan today is split by seemingly intractable social and religious differences. The gap between the richest and the poorest is enormous. Even though the women in Dagestan have traditionally enjoyed more freedom in comparison to neighboring Chechnya, the spread of violence and radical Islam has changed their lives. Locked in this vicious cycle, they become victims of killings of honor, kidnappings, domestic violence, sexual abuse, torture, acts of terrorism and counterterrorism.
"Hidden War In the Land of Mountains" is a long-term project by photojournalist Maria Turchenkova. Born in Moscow 1987 and currently based between Moscow, Paris and Erbil, Turchenkova is a member of the “Getty Reportage Emerging Talent” and participated 2013 in the “World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass” in Amsterdam. In 2014 she was selected one of “PDN´s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”. Her work has appeared in magazines worldwide.