© Olivia Arthur/Magnum photos, courtesy Fabrica
Five countries lie across the border between Europe and Asia: Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia. The Middle-Distance is a journey along this border, told through the stories of young women in a stage of life in which they have to make decisions that will impact their education, work and family. Olivia Arthur went in search of the place where East meets West, a place where the traditions of the East meet the pull of the West; a bridge between two cultures, neither fully on one side nor on the other. The work was also part of the Fabrica collective exhibition Les Yeux Ouverts at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 2006, and was exhibited at the Milan Triennale the following year.
The Ninth Floor
© Jessica Dimmock, courtesy Fabrica
The Ninth Floor is just like any other floor in a Manhattan building. But in this case, it is the apartment where a group of addicts buy and sell drugs, sleep, argue, make love and fight. For almost three years, Jessica Dimmock followed the stories of the Ninth Floor and its residents. Many have photographed the tragedy of the world of drugs, but the strength of these images gives a new and extraordinary account, both intimate and raw. This project received the first F Award, the International Award for Concerned Photography created by Fabrica, and was published by Contrasto in 2007.
© Aleksey Kondratyev, courtesy Fabrica
As 1991 continues to recede farther and farther into the distance, Central Asia, the former Soviet territory positioned between Russia, China, and the Middle East, is in the process of reinventing itself. Central Asians still speak Russian, but more and more of them learn English or Chinese. They remain largely secular, but are practicing Islam in increasing numbers. Formations is a photographic narrative of this region as it navigates this transitional period, between the Soviet legacy and its still undetermined future. Formations was published by Fabrica in 2016.
Notes from Anywhere
© Drew Nikonowicz, courtesy Fabrica
Produced exclusively in Italy, Notes from Anywhere by Drew Nikonowicz is the latest collection of photographs from his award-winning series This World and Others Like It. Through analog photographic processes Nikonowicz investigates the notion of being an explorer in the 21st century, where there are no new terrestrial frontiers to discover. Thousands of explorable realities exist through rover and probe based imagery, virtual role-playing, and video game software. Within the contemporary wilderness, robots have replaced photographers as mediators producing images completely dislocated from the human experience. This suggests that now, according to Nikonowicz, the sublime landscape is only accessible through the boundaries of technology.
© Kitra Cahana, courtesy Fabrica
Nomadic America shares the stories of the nomadic, homeless youth with whom Kitra Cahana roamed the United States for months. Tracing her attraction to vagabonds to a childhood spent on the road with her family and to a bag she packed to run away as a child, Cahana draws parallels between the alternative lifestyle of nomads and the need we all have to escape the confines of everyday life. This work is an exploration of the wandering life, emphasizing its creativity while not undermining its hardships.