• Gouzelle Ishmatova My Country Is Female

Gouzelle Ishmatova My Country Is Female

What is it to be a Russian woman today? In My Country Is Female, Gouzelle Ishmatova finds the strength of her homeland lies within its women. After moving to Western Europe at age twenty-five, Ishmatova began using photography as a tool to understand the places she left behind. In her decade-long project, her images began to reveal that Russia’s true inner strength revolves around female fortitude. My Country Is Female begins with Ishamtova’s great-grandmother, Kortyi, who was born in 1903 during the reign of Nikolai II. Using images from her family’s own archive, along- side documentary and staged imagery, the series reflects on Russian women of the past and while meditating on their future identities. For Ishmatova, Russia itself is a woman – she is abused, she suffers, she struggles, she forgives, and she never gives up.


Hardcover 22,5 x30 cm 96 pages 68 color illustrations English Available ISBN 978-3-96900-065-6 2022

Texts:

Gouzelle Ishmatova

Design:

Kehrer Design (Lisa Drechsel)

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