Svetlana, a woman of people

Svetlana, a woman of the people.
Lugansk People's Republic August-September 2019

I meet Svetlana in Lugansk during my photographic project "Other time", a friend introduces us and I sense that there is a story to tell.

We introduce ourselves, we stop to have a coffee in a small shop where they sell only freeze-dried coffee. After two hours, I, who do not drink coffee, had already drunk three more.

Svetlana drinks a lot of coffee, is constantly on the move and talks a lot.

I chose to tell the life of Svetlana because it represents well the life of the women of the People's Republic of Lugansk. Almost all marry young, have children very early, most often the couple separates and then find another man with which history repeats itself, make other children, leave each other and go on. Women remain alone with the offspring to care for, in the country there is a high rate of alcoholism between men and women but while men let themselves go to alcohol women, even if they drink, find the strength to support their families.

Svetlana had to face many trials just like her country, the Lugansk People's Republic, but she managed to maintain her independence, I never saw her cry or be moved, just look ahead, keep going.

At 16 his mother dies and his father leaves for the village where his grandmother lives, she and her sister remain alone. To survive the girls get married, at 17 Svetlana already has a son and her husband leaves her for another, she is alone with the two-week-old baby. She works, gets help for what she succeeds and remarries, has another child but her second husband dies of a drug overdose, she remains alone for the second time.

But Svetlana makes it, has a very strong survival instinct like his city, Lugansk.

He works in a small market space and sells shoes. There are a hundred shoe sellers positioned in small spaces next to each other, she is among them.

It is not easy to follow it, it is like a constantly moving animal, it tells many stories some of which do not respect reality, but this is a curious aspect of a special woman.

In this country it is not easy to get into people's lives and homes but Svetlana was very helpful and kind to me, although sometimes when I disturbed her early in the morning she would gladly send me to that country.

I warmly thank Svetlana and her children for the patience they have had in accompanying me in this project.
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people
Svetlana, a woman of people

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