Stan2010 - Ongoing project
20 years ago the Soviet Union dissolved and the republics of the Soviet Empire’s backyard in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – were confronted with an independence that they were not prepared for. With independence came an identity crisis, which still characterizes these young countries. Huge environmental problems and severe water issues have the potential to further destabilize the region. Rising poverty could possibly lead many young people into religious extremism, if no better future will appear.
With the traveler’s curiosity I have launched a journey through Central Asia. The region that is so rich in space and raw materials, but full of kleptocratic regimes without prospects for a democratic society. I started my photographic travels in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 and will visit all five “Stans” in the near future.