Fragments of a whole, a book documenting Georgia’s diverse communities



Fragments of a whole is a book telling the stories of Georgia’s communities. Some of them are large, like Armenians and Azerbaijanis, while others are small and speak endangered languages like Tsova Tush, Svan and Udi. They practice faiths as varied as the land around them—Islam, Judaism, Yazidi—and have come to, and settled in, Georgia from as far away as Poland and Greece. Numbers matter just a little – communities of a few hundred can be that fragment completing a mosaic. 


Since its inception in 2015, Chai Khana has been the voice of all communities in the South Caucasus, giving them a platform beyond their borders through powerful images and reporting.


This time Chai Khana is moving past its digital format and introducing the first book of its original work. To produce Fragments of a whole, Chai Khana teamed up with editors Monica Ellena and Nino-Ana Samkharadze and photographers Nata Abashidze-Romanovskaya, Lana Ankosi, Tamuna Chkareuli, Giorgi Dundua, Khatia Nikabadze, Dina Oganova, Tom Pinnegar, Tako Robakidze, Elene Shengelia, Daro Sulakauri and Mano Svanidze.

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