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“Everything is great on the Caspian Sea: the expectationsfor future oil and gas revenues, ambitious development projects, promises and hopes. Everything is uncertain on the Caspian Sea: the fate of the environment and the direction of its people; even the status of these promising waters is as yet undefined...”

For over four years, photographer Mila Teshaieva has documented the transformation of the three former Soviet republics on the shores of theCaspian Sea: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. The battle for control of the region’s vast oil and gas reserves and the search for a national identity have led to far-reaching changes for the society and environment.

Teshaieva’s images reveal an atmosphere of insecurity, where people pin their hopes and expectations on a transformation whose direction remains uncertain. The project takes the viewer on a subtle and complex journey through the promises of a new oil region, raising questions as to the relationship between the state and private identity, the ties between past, present and future, and how to pinpoint the boundary between rise or fall.

120 pages
52 coLor plates
240x220 mm
Hard cover silk screen printing
Text by Maya Iskenderova, Christoph Moeskes, Mila Teshaieva
Design by Ania Nalecka/TBD
Kehrer Verlag 2013

40 EUR