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Otto Lakoba

Otto Lakoba

Otto Lakoba

Otto Lakoba

Otto Lakoba was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1984. After obtaining a technical degree he relocated to his historic homeland Abkhazia, in a pursuit of art opportunities. Through documentary photography and filmmaking, the author brings attention to people living in Abkhazia. He graduated from Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s School of Documentary Film and Theatre (Moscow) in 2017.

My sister was terrified of getting od when she was a child. She would never drink tea from our grandmother’s porcelain cup decorated with red and yellow flowers. My sister just turned 49 years old. She tries to look good. She puts on lotions made of red and yellow flowers her face. They smell good.

When I was 6 years old, an old man living on our ground floor died. They put his coffin on the stairs and put his portrait on a stool right next to it. I smelled a specific fragrance that I had never smelled before. That smell disappered after the funeral was buried. We were afraid to collect the cloves that were left on the ground.

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