Jérémie Jung

Photographer
     
Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge
Location: Kohtla-Järve, Estonia
Nationality: French
Biography: Jérémie Jung is a French photographer with an interest in the Baltic region and its cultural identities. His work has been published in national and international press such as National Geographic, Geo and The Washington Post and... MORE
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Setomaa, a Kingdom on the Edge
Copyright Jérémie Jung 2022
Date of Work Aug 2014 - Sep 2015
Updated Oct 2019
Location Estonia, Setomaa
Topics Borders, Community, Conservation, culture, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, estonia, Photography, Photojournalism, russia
At the edge of worlds, straddling the European Union and the Russian Federation, orthodoxy and paganism, death and life, secular traditions and modernism, stands the young kingdom of Setomaa. It has been proclaimed in 1994 by the Seto, a Finno-Ugric group, to revitalize and affirm their identity, after the restoration of Estonian independence in 1991.

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.

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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
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
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