Almost any man can father a child but being a dad requires active engagement in caretaking. Across the world this involvement is increasing for a variety of reasons.
In Georgia raising children is a man’s job too
What happens, when ancient rituals fade away? What do we lose and what are we left with? How did rituals survive for centuries and not disappear? This photo project does not answer the questions; however it is a documentary based on evidence of old traditions, which are still important for some.
The Angels and The Viruses
Have you ever considered that the diet of a nation can simultaneously develop and adapt according to the daily social-political events of the country? This photo-story depicts the meals that were popularised in Georgia during the 1990s. The social and economic situation largely impacted people’s meals; the lack of electricity and gas, shortage of products and other external causes, forced numerous recipes of meals to be modified.
“Before Kassandra Begins”
Is it possible for books to travel? Three years ago, a school bus converted into a mobile library, started providing opportunities for the IDP settlements of Georgia to host a number of community activities. The bookmobile is not only a library, but an inspirational educational center on wheels.
Books on Wheels
Whether Comrade Lenin consciously borrowed “the socialist principle” from Apostle Paul’s Second Epistle to the Thessalonians and adapted it for his 1917 work The State and Revolution is not for us to know. Yet, the quote shed a light on the role food had in the making of the Soviet Union - Lenin did not point a finger to the lazy or unproductive workers, rather to the bourgeoisie, the evil class, in Marxist theory, who had come to own the means of production, pocketing the profits at the expense of the working class.
The Soviet "Food" Union
In Georgia you don’t hear Ossetian often these days. Belonging to the Iranian group of the Indo-European family of languages, Ossetian was classified by UNESCO as “vulnerable”, the first step of the organization’s scale of languages at risk of disappearance. The number of speakers is dwindling, scattered as they are between North Ossetia, which lies in the Russian Federation, and South Ossetia, one of two Georgia’s breakaway regions.
Georgia's Last Ossetian Classes
Fifty kilometers north of Tbilisi lies a mysterious settlement without a name or place on an official map. Locals simply refer to it as Transmitter Station Number 5.
Georgia’s Secret Radio Station: Jamming for the USSR
Constructed in 1970 on the order of the Tbilisi city government, the five-room crematorium reportedly was intended to help slow the expansion of cemeteries in what is now the capital of the country of Georgia. It is the Caucasus’ only known crematorium, but, in a region and country where burial traditions run strong, it has never been used for cremations.
In Georgia, a Crematorium without Cremations
Employees complain about slavery, nepotism, unbearable conditions, underrated work, some go as far as to compare their workplace to gulags. Customer services are the most damned places to work in Georgia according to www.jobrate.ge, a website that allows employees to anonymously rate the companies they work for.
Living on the Edge: Georgia’s Precarious Workers
Fatherhood erupted into Giorgi Chanturia’s life when he was 26 years old -- intracranial pressure meant that his son Sandro cried unceasingly and the lack of sleep was taking a toll on him and his wife. Chanturia, then an employee of the MInistry of Education, took an unusual step for a Georgian man -- he took parental leave. “Sandro would just not sleep, I was so tired that going to work was like taking a rest,” recalls Chanturia, now 29. “My wife was exhausted, I decided to help her raise our son.” Chanturia took two months off, using the option of parental leave the Georgian government introduced in 2013 for the private sector and in July 2017 for the public sector. He is one of the few who have done so; in conservative Georgian society, being a father rarely means even changing diapers.