Photo story of different women and men in Azerbaijan, showing the inequality of gender.
On one of the central streets of Baku, named “Sovetski," approximately 10,000 families have lived. Starting from 2013, the process of demolishing their houses started, and people were moved from there. The offer of meager compensation, combined with their unwillingness to be moved from the center became the cause for protests. Yet, despite the organization of protests, and their efforts to apply to the official bodies, the conclusion resulted only in the administrative arrest of some activists.
The Last of Sovetski
In the Darnagul settlement of Baku, there is a factory for concrete production, where IDPs live. They have lived in this settlement for more than 20 years. Despite the promises from officials to be moved, only promises remain.
Forgotten in the Factory
There is a market in the Sabunchu settlement of Baku, among the population known as "The Russian Market" or the "Flea Market.” Everything is mixed here; old cloths, old junks and the smell of odds and ends is everywhere. This scene looks like a garbage dump.
Russian "Flea Market" in Baku
The İnsurgents MC are a united people for whom the brotherhood and mutual assistance is not an empty phrase, but a fact of life! In the brotherhood, people won't leave or refuse others in a difficult moment of life when they come to them for help.
To Be, but Not to Seem!
Azerbaijan was one of the largest cotton producers in the Soviet Union. Under the USSR, 22-25% of the republic’s income came from the crop, earning it the nickname “white gold.” By 2000, the country was planting only 200 thousand hectares of cotton, or 10 times less than in the Soviet period. In 2015, land dedicated to cotton production had dropped to 18.8 thousands hectares, the lowest number in the history of Azerbaijan, and 18% lower than the previous year.
"White Gold" replaced by "Black Gold"
From seed to salad, the agricultural system in the South Caucasus is a shadow of its past. While large scale agriculture is slowly being rebuilt across the region, most farmers are just a step above subsistence. Harvesting and selling these crops requires improvisation and personal relationship at every step. To understand the challenges and people behind this supply chain, Chaikhana profiled farmers and sellers of a simple vegetable - the humble eggplant - in each of the three countries.
This photo story is about the young IDPs who are trying to interpret and remember their personal stories from the war.
Interpreting the Past
What similarities did Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have in the '90s? This retrospective photo story depicts the household items of the 1990s, most of which, were novel for these newly independent countries at the time, but outdated today.