Aleksey Kondratyev is a young Kyrgyzstani-American photographer, who spent the period between November 2014 and June 2015 travelling on Fabrica’s assignment in Central Asia and produced a visual itinerary of these barely known and distant places.
The definition of “Central Asia” aims at getting together the five ex-Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan e Uzbekistan. During his journey Kondratyev realized that these countries seem resistant to categorization. The Soviet Union, in a way, created Central Asia. It was the Soviets who drew the boundaries that exist today and divided up the people there into rigid ethnic groups. Today, when Soviet Union does not exist anymore, these countries are in the process of formation. “Formations” shows how each one of them is reinventing itself in the new millennium.
Aleksey Kondratyev is a Kyrgyzstani-American artist, born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 1993 and currently based in the United States. He received his BFA from Wayne State University in 2014.
Fabrica is the Benetton Group's communication research centre, established in 1994. It offers annual study grants to a very diverse group of young creative talents from across the globe so they may develop research projects in the fields of design, graphics, photography, interaction, video and music.
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