Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen
THE SOCHI PROJECT: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
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: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus is made possible with generous support from the Mondriaan Fund and the Consulate General of the Netherlands.
Aperture has North, South American and Asian touring rights.
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”
Contents: includes five framed 40 x 47 in. photographs and five framed 36 x 43 in. photographs; approximately ninety photographs spread over 128 sheets of 23 x 33 in. newsprint which are hung with wheat-paste; thirty 24 x 16 in. newsprints from On the other side of the mountains; six 42-piece, 82 x 98 in. Sochi Singers billboards; video interviews; and publications to be displayed on a reading table. The venue will receive digital files of maps, typography, and high-res images for blowups to be produced by the venue.
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.
Contents: includes thirty framed 19.5 x 23.5 in. photographs; thirty 24 x 16 in. newsprints from On the other side of the mountains; six 42-piece, 82 x 98 in. Sochi Singers billboards; video interviews; and publications to be displayed on a reading table. The venue will receive digital files of maps, typography, and high-res images for blowups to be produced by the venue.
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
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
Current Venue List:
- DePaul Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton Avenue
Thursday, January 16 – Sunday, March 30, 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
Thursday May 1 – Saturday, May 31, 2014
September – October 2014
European Tour (managed by the artists):
Waalsekaai 47 2000
Friday, October 25, 2013- Sunday, March 2, 2014
Thursday January 30 – Saturday, March 22, 2014
- Noorderlicht FotoGalerie
9711 JB Groningen
Saturday April 19 – Sunday, June 22, 2014
- Photo Ireland
4 Temple Bar
Dublin 2 Ireland
Friday July 4 – Thursday, July 31, 2014
- Cortona On The Move Festival
52044 Cortona IT
Thursday July 17 – Sunday, September 28, 2014