METRÓ 3 | BUDAPEST

[HUNGARY 2018]

Line 3 of the METRÓ in Budapest was built in the 70s with the help of the Soviet Union. As the longest of the four underground lines, the M3 crosses the entire city. The M3 is currently being modernized, and half of the line is already under reconstruction.

Soon the last traces of Soviet European aesthetics will have disappeared from the cityscape: intense wall colors, playful design elements, dramatic lighting and the sheer space. Together, these elements create an atmospherically dense place full of theatricality and nostalgia.

Although people move in public space, each one seems to be absorbed in his or her own affairs. Intimate situations or curious moments between strangers arise. The Metró becomes a stage in daily life.

DISTANCE | KAZAN [RUSSIA 2018]

The division between Russia and the Western world has been growing for several years. Even though I was born in a Russian community in Kazakhstan, I myself have had harsh judgements of my own culture. This feeling of distance resulted in my choice to travel to Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia.

I found myself noticing a substantial difference between Russia's political system and the lives of the people. On the one hand, the autocratic system creates a political climate of mistrust and erodes solidarity in the society, while at same time there is so much warmth, joy, and diversity beyond the distanced facade of the Russian people.

Unfortunately, that human side is largely hidden in private. It is reserved for home and is shared primarily with friends and family.