Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge
The Setomaa culture has been weakened over time by nearly half a century of Soviet control and the newly established (1991), not yet ratified (2019), Estonia-Russia border, which severs the region.
Today, the Seto King, also the god of fertility named Peko, is resting for eternity under the orthodox monastery of Petchory in the Russian side of the Setomaa. He communicates with its people through the dreams of his vice King or Queen, the Ülembsootska who is elected each year in August on the Estonian side of the Setomaa.
story lead between 2014 and 2015
exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles festival within the "Walls of Power" exhibition, 2019
exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2018
printed in the Chinese monthly Civilization, 2018
printed as a book entitled "Au large du temps", Imogène editions, 2018 get your copy here
printed in the French monthly GEO, 2018
awarded the ANI Pixtrakk prize at Visa pour l'Image festival, Perpignan, France, 2017
published online in National Geographic, 2016