Artyom Shlapachenko shares with us his new project with participation of Ballet Nacional de Cuba dancers. It’s called “ROAD TO FRONTIER” and it is dedicated to the feelings of a person who decided to “cross the border” and start a new life abroad.
Paul Seaquist has taken part in this project as a poet, giving poetic “comments” to every image.
Here you can read his thoughts about this artistic collaboration:
– Emigration is without a doubt one of the experiences which marks the spirit of all men; because of this same reason it can be the source of the biggest expression a human heart can reach.
For many, it has had devastating consequences. Every sky when not our own deepens the feeling of loneliness. And a special courage is required, a heroic decision to find blind and without horizons a revelation of our own destiny. To leave our comfort zone not only of our homes, friendships and common experiences, but that of our own lives, gives us the gift of tears as well as the one of laughter’s; maybe even both at the same time. The garden in front of ours is always greener since it is not in front of ours it becomes our present. To advance or not to advance is the question that freezes us even under the hot sun of Havana ́s midday. What will I miss? Who will miss us? Will there be any value in leaving all behind?
Artyom dives into these questions with his photography and explores not only the pain of leaving but also the pain of staying. His images are sweet although painful and in them you can see the doubts, the illusion, the heartbreak of those who wanted and not, of those who could and could not, and now only have the option to look ahead and imagine.
Behind the Curtain.
My sight resides far away
In a place where there is doubt
But no rest.