Lost Territories: Support Sputnik Photos project on Post-Soviet Countries of Central Asia

Andrej Balco is based in Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his Master’s degree in photography from the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, (Czech Republic). His work has been exhibited at the Prague House of Photography, the Leica Gallery (Prague), the Festival of Photography in Lodz (Poland), as well as in England, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, Brazil and Japan. Andrej is the winner of a PhotoDocument.sk grant and a fellow of the IPRN Changing Faces international programme.

Poland –  Twenty-five years after the fall of the USSR five Sputnik Photos photographers are setting out on a journey to five former soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. For a number of years, we have been documenting changes taking place in post-communist countries, particularly in the former republics of the Soviet Union, always referring to our own individual experience of the transformation period. Recently, we have focused on Belarus, Ukraine, Moldavia, Armenia and Georgia. In the face of an increasing political tension in the region, photography documenting everyday life, and the changes and myths of the countries still falling under Russian influence, becomes even more relevant.


At the current stage, we are planning further trips to the former Soviet empire, focusing on Central Asia, and we hope you will support our efforts. We are interested in what is happening in the countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union, and still remain under Russian influence, because their history is also our history and it concerns us directly. We are immersing ourselves in this complex and multi-faceted world. We are uncovering the nations’ nostalgia for the empire, their drive to democracy, traces of former propaganda, poverty, but also the emergence of the new and hope for a better future. We are aware that our project will give neither a diagnosis nor simple and straightforward answers to the questions relevant for the region. Yet, we want to make discoveries and show them to others. We believe that 25 years after the change is a perfect time to sum up the efforts our nations have made to date. Support the Campaign!

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