Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen
THE SOCHI PROJECT: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

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Description:

Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of “slow journalism,” establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. As van Bruggen writes, “Never before have the Olympic Games been held in a region that contrasts more strongly with the glamour of the event than Sochi. Just twenty kilometers away is the conflict zone Abkhazia. To the east, the Caucasus Mountains stretch into obscure and impoverished republics such as North Ossetia and Chechnya. On the coast, old Soviet–era sanatoria stand shoulder to shoulder with the most expensive hotels and clubs of the Russian Riviera. By 2014 the area around Sochi will have been changed beyond recognition.” Hornstra’s photographic approach combines the best of documentary storytelling with contemporary portraiture, found photographs, and other visual elements collected over the course of their travels.

Since the beginning of their collaboration, The Sochi Project has been released in installments, in book form and online, each focusing on a particular facet of the story, the geography, the people, and their history. The highlights and key elements of this extensive effort are brought together for the first time in the accompanying book designed by Kummer & Herrman, who have been integral to the collaboration from the outset. Aperture’s exhibition The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus offers alternative perspectives and in-depth reporting on this remarkable region, the site of the most expensive Olympic Games ever, and one that sits at the combustible crossroads of war, tourism, and history.

Rob Hornstra  featured on Picture Perfect [Vice, 2011].

The Sochi Project is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Mondriaan Fund and the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Aperture’s exhibition receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and additional public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Aperture has North, South American and Asian touring rights.

Read More:

The Sochi Project website
Frontline Club News, “The Sochi Project: Documenting the run up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in a city with no snow,” including video interview
Here and Now, “Dutch Journalists Bring Sochi to America”
The Guardian, “The truth about Russia’s Winter Olympics city – it’s subtropical!”
Chicago Magazine, “Three Questions fro the DePaul Curator of The Sochi Project”

Large Exhibition:
Contents: includes five framed 40 x 47 in. photographs and five framed 36 x 43 in. photographs; a selection from approximately ninety photographs spread over 128 sheets of 23 x 33 in. newsprint which are hung with wheat-paste; a maximum of six 42-piece, 82 x 98 in. Sochi Singers billboards; up to 5 video interviews; and publications to be displayed on a reading table. The venue will receive digital files of the region map and typography to be produced by the venue.

Additional: The venue can also display thirty 24 x 16 in. newsprints from On the other side of the mountains in a corridor or entrance space outside the exhibition.

Approximate running feet: 250-400

Participation fee: $10,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

Small Exhibition:
Contents: includes thirty framed 19.5 x 23.5 in. photographs; maximum six 42-piece, 82 x 98 in. Sochi Singers billboards; up to 5 video interviews; and publications to be displayed on a reading table. The venue will receive digital files of the region map and typography to be produced by the venue.

Additional: The venue can also display thirty 24 x 16 in. newsprints from On the other side of the mountains in a corridor or entrance space outside the exhibition.

Approximate running feet: 100-250

Participation fee: $5,000 for an 8-week showing. The host venue is responsible for pro-rated shipping and insurance.

Availability: through 2019

Related Publication:
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.
512 pages, 200 four-color and black-and-white images
Hardcover with jacket
November 2013


Current Venue List:

  • Fotodc
    Washington DC
    November 8 – November 16, 2014

  • FotoFocus
    Cincinnati, OH
    Sunday, August 31 – Sunday, October 19, 2014
  • Aperture Gallery
    547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
    New York, NY
    Friday, May 30– Thursday, July 10, 2014
  • Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
    310-80 Spadina Avenue
    Toronto ON M5V 2J4
    Canada
    Thursday May 1 – Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • DePaul Art Museum
    935 W. Fullerton Avenue
    Chicago, IL
    Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    European Tour (managed by the artists):

    • Cortona On The Move Festival
      Roma 34
      52044 Cortona IT
      Thursday July 17 – Sunday, September 28, 2014

    • Photo Ireland
      4 Temple Bar
      Dublin 2 Ireland
      Friday July 4 – Thursday, July 31, 2014

    • Noorderlicht FotoGalerie
      Akerkhof 12
      9711 JB Groningen
      The Netherlands
      Saturday April 19 – Sunday, June 22, 2014

    • Fotohof
      Inge-Morath-Platz 1-3
      5020 Salzburg
      Österreich
      Thursday January 30 – Saturday, March 22, 2014

    • FotoMuseum  
      Waalsekaai 47 2000
      Antwerpen België
      Friday, October 25, 2013- Sunday, March 2, 2014