Alena Erashevich
Just People

(2018–2019)
PRAFOTA 2020 Documentary Photography Short-list
The project is dedicated to the lives of our contemporaries who work on the land in farms and kolkhozes (collective farms) in Belarus and whose labour is at the origin of milk and bread production. Content with little, they are immersed in their own world, which they cannot leave — or do not want to leave. Remote from urban life, they are less affected by modern society, they do not resist Being itself and perceive themselves as who they really are. The dark background helps reveal each person’s individuality and distinguish it from the environment — and from the existing reality. The consciously repetitive application of the technique helps develop a classification of villager types as well as a typology of the unique locality in which they live and work.
Short-list 2020: