Abkhazia Mountains

Alan Vouba

Alan Vouba

Alan Vouba

Alan Vouba

Alan Vouba, media artist, photographer, was born in Moscow in 1981, graduated from the State University of Management. He received a professional art education in Florence. The author of several serious projects, such as "Uzor," "Phobos," "Asleep." He is also known for his photo reports from the Venice Biennale and other major exhibitions. Participant in a number of exhibitions in Russia and Europe. His works are in the American collection of Russian and Soviet art Kolodzei Art Foundation (New Jersey, USA), in the foundation of the Russian Museum and in private collection. Lives and works in Moscow.

Abkhazia Mountains
I have often heard that a person conquers mountain peaks, but having visited the mountains for the first time in a conscious state, I clearly realized that it is impossible to conquer them, you can only become their guest, and only in this case they will open their secrets to you. In the mountains of Abkhazia, I felt on a physical level, which means the memory of my ancestors, transmitted to us by encrypted codes of the dna spiral. Suddenly, you "remember" how to walk, how to behave, follow your thoughts and be in full respect for these giants. For me, a trip to the mountains of Abkhazia is an opportunity to return to the basics, to better recognize myself and my people. Once again feel the presence of the Narts and see the world of the Atsans (mythical dwarf creatures, according to legend, who inhabited mountain Abkhazia in ancient times). Both the Indian "Ramayana" or the Sumerian "Gilgamesh" and the Caucasian epic "Tales of the Narts" are the oldest monument of world folklore. And in the mountains, these myths about the mighty brother-heroes feel first-hand. In addition to personal experiences, I want to share with the world the beauty of these places.

The Game
This series is part of a large cycle called “Lost in Time”. The cycle is about my childhood and where I grew up. Being in Abkhazia, I get into a state where there is no time. Despite war and destruction, and understanding the fleeting nature of human life, the presence of eternity is felt at the same moment. Nature dominates this territory and has its own laws. In general, all life on earth is a divine game. You're an observer, you're a player, you're a game. An important step in understanding the game as a holistic phenomenon was made by the outstanding dutch thinker and cultural historian Johan Huizinga (1872-1945). He convincingly revealed the role of the game not only in the formation and development of archaic cults and myths, but also in the emergence of various forms of social life: art, science, jurisprudence, politics, etc. The game is one of the key concepts of modern cultural studies, social psychology, philosophy of culture and philosophical anthropology.

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