Clary Estes

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  Clary Estes is a documentary photographer from Central Kentucky who works internationally on stories about the human condition. Artist Statement:   When I was young, my mother gave me... read on
          
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Pasha is reaching the end of her life and the entire family is trying to figure out how to understand her last days. Here is has a high fever and her sister Ana is trying to care for her, however, after years of living together and the difficulty that comes with that, Pasha is little desirous of her sister's help.
After a long battle, Pasha has died. I was able to be with her when she passed.
I am starting the difficult process of going through the images I made of Pasha as she died. Pasha died of liver failure and was very jaundiced for the last month of her life. Unfortunately she was not given pain medication and the process of her dying was a long and painful road we walked together. Here Pasha is clutching a branch of leaves that Ana brought in to help Pasha cool down. Moldova is very hot in the summer and there is no air conditioning in the village. Most Moldovans do not even use a fan for fear of something they call, "the current," which is the belief that a breeze will make you sick. Ana thought Pasha could fan herself with the leaves, unfortunately by that time, Pasha was too weak to do so. #ThoseWhoRemain
Marusia, as well as her sister Pasha, had started writing about her life as a deportee from Moldova to Kazakhstan under Stalin. Translation coming soon! #ThoseWhoRemain
Before her death, Pasha wrote about her life as a deportee. #ThoseWhoRemain
I am working on a goodbye photo project here in my village in Moldova called #Vadeniat35mm
Easter in Moldova
Victory Day in Moldova
Happy Easter from Moldova!!!
Prayer Reflected
As I mourned Nina Postica I thought about everything she has yet to say, all of the conversations we would never have. "Surely there are things that I forget to mention…" she muses, "[I wonder if I can] ever remember everything..." I will never sit with her in the summer air again. I will never again hear her recite Mihai Emenescu. I will never get her warm hug as I walk through her kitchen door. I cannot help but think that I failed her, that I didn't capture enough of her story. I was naive to think that I had more time. Life, as it always does, made a point of reminding me that our time is fleeting. Nina's story shows that these stories are dying before our eyes. We must capture them. We must listen. We must show these victims of extreme injustice that we see them, that we hear them and that we believe that what happen to them was wrong. Only we can be insure that this never happens again. Only we can show these former deportees that we care and that their lives, despite the oppression, hardship and shaming that they faced, is important and means something, something deep, something utterly human.
Seeing the Postica family for Easter was lovely. The grandkids are growing up so fast! Look how big Sebie is! The family came together to pay their respects to Nina, as well as visit and eats lots of food! See more: http://www.claryestes.com/those-who-remain
#Vadeniat35mm
#Vadeniat35mm
Pasha remembers her son.
Portrait
Eu susțin #RedMyLips, deoarece… până la 50% dintre atacurile sexuale sunt comise împotriva fetelor cu vârsta mai mică de 16 ani. Я крашу свои губы, потому что... до 50% сексуальных нападений совершаются на девочек в возрасте до 16 лет. I #RedMyLips because… up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Violul, adică raportul sexual săvârşit prin constrângerea fizică sau psihică a persoanei, sau profitând de imposibilitatea acesteia de a se apăra ori de a-şi exprima voinţa, se pedepseşte cu închisoare de la 3 la 5 ani. Articolul 171. Нападение, половой акт имеющий место в условиях физического или психического принуждения, или, воспользовавшись отсутствием сопротивления или способности к самовыражению, наказывается лишением свободы на срок от 3 до 5 лет. Статья 171 Assault, the sexual act performed under either physical or psychic constraint of a person, or by taking advantage of their lack of resistance or ability to express themselves, is punishable by imprisonment of 3 to 5 years. Art.171 #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
"Există un adevăr universal, aplicabil tuturor țărilor, culturilor și comunităților: violența împotriva femeilor nu este niciodată acceptabilă, niciodată scuzabilă, niciodată tolerabilă." Ban Ki-Moon, Secretarul General ONU (2008) “Но есть одна универсальная истина, которая применима для всех стран, культур и сообществ: насилие против женщин не приемлемо, никогда не простительно, и не терпимо” - Пан Ги Мун, Генеральный секретарь ООН (2008) “But there is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable,” Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary-General of the UN (2008) #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Convenţia de la Istanbul este primul document obligatoriu juridic la nivel european pentru prevenirea, investigarea și pedepsirea actelor de violență împotriva femeilor și violenței domestice. Стамбульская Конвенция является первым юридически обязывающим документом на европейском уровне нацеленным на предупреждение, расследование и наказание актов насилия в отношении женщин и бытового насилия. The Istanbul Convention is the first legally binding document on a European level aimed to prevent, investigate and sanction violent acts against women and domestic violence. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Eu susțin #RedMyLips, deoarece … majoritatea victimelor asalturilor sexuale își cunosc personal agresorul. Я крашу свои губы потому, что...большинство жертв сексуальных нападений узнают своих агрессоров. I #RedMyLips because…. The majority of victims of sexual assault know their attacker personally. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
La 6 februarie 2017, la Strasbourg, Republica Moldova a semnat Convenția Consiliului Europei privind prevenirea și combaterea violenței împotriva femeilor și a violenței domestice. В Страсбурге, 6 февраля 2017 года Республика Молдова подписала Конвенцию Совета Европы, которая предотвращает и борется с насилием против женщин и насилием в семье. In Strasbourg, on Feb. 6, 2017, the Republic of Moldova signed the Council of Europe Convention which prevents and combats violence against women and domestic violence. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Dacă te afli într-o situație de urgență legată de hărțuire sexuală, trebuie să apelezi poliția locală (902) și ambulanța(903) pentru ajutor medical. Если вы попали в экстренную ситуацию, связанно с сексуальным насилием, вам следует обратиться в местную полицию (902) и вызвать службу скорой медицинской помощи (903), если вам требуется медицинская помощь. If you find yourself in an emergency situation related to sexual assault, you should contact the local police (902) and call emergency medical service (903) if you are in need of medical attention. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Dacă te afli într-o situație de urgență legată de hărțuire sexuală, trebuie să apelezi poliția locală (902) și ambulanța(903) pentru ajutor medical. Если вы попали в экстренную ситуацию, связанно с сексуальным насилием, вам следует обратиться в местную полицию (902) и вызвать службу скорой медицинской помощи (903), если вам требуется медицинская помощь. If you find yourself in an emergency situation related to sexual assault, you should contact the local police (902) and call emergency medical service (903) if you are in need of medical attention. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Abuzul emoțional este grav. Rănile emoționale ar putea să se vindece foarte greu. Эмоциональное насилие - это серьёзно. Эмоциональные раны трудно Излечить. Emotional abuse is serious. Emotional wounds are difficult to heal. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Dacă o femeie este violată, înseamnă că ea se face vinovată de această situație. Astfel gândesc 42,2% dintre bărbați, și 26,1% dintre femeile din Republica Moldova. Eu susțin #RedMyLips, deoarece… agresiunea sexuală nu are loc din vina victimei. Niciodată. Если женщина подверглась нападению, это означает, что она что-то сделала, чтобы заслужить это. Так считают 42,2% молдавских мужчин и 26,1% молдавских женщин. Я крашу свои губы потому, что...сексуальное насилие происходит не из за жертвы. Никогда. If a woman has been assaulted, it means that she has done something to deserve it. This is the belief of 42,2% of Moldovan men and 26,1% of Moldovan women. I #RedMyLips because… sexual violence is never the victim’s fault. Ever. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Țările care ratifică Convenția Consiliului Europei privind prevenirea și combaterea violenței împotriva femeilor și a violenței domestice (denumită și Convenția de la Istanbul) au obligația de a incrimina violul și violența sexuală în conformitate cu articolul 36 al Convenției, raportat la articolul 43. RM deocamdată nu a ratificat-o, dar e în proces. Государства, ратифицировавшие Конвенцию Совета Европы о предупреждении насилия против женщин и бытового насилия (Стамбульская конвенция) и борьбе с ним, обязаны инкриминировать сексуальное насилие и надругательство в соответствии со статьей 36 Конвенции, соответственно статьи 43. Республика Молдова еще не ратифицировала Конвенцию, но собирается это сделать. The states that ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention) are bound to incriminate assault and sexual abuse according to art.36 of the Convention, with regard to art.43. The Republic of Moldova has not ratified the Convention yet, but is about to. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
Easter in Moldova. It is a Moldovan tradition to crack two red dyed eggs together for Easter while saying the call and response, "Christ has risen." "Christ has risen indeed"
Easter in Moldova. It is a Moldovan tradition to crack two red dyed eggs together for Easter while saying the call and response, "Christ has risen." "Christ has risen indeed"
Reputația mea nu-ți oferă consimțământ. #OnlyYesMeansYes Моя репутация не может дать согласие. #OnlyYesMeansYes My reputation cannot give consent. #OnlyYesMeansYes #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Susțin #RedMyLips, pentru că… femeile nu trebuie NICIODATĂ să se simtă în pericol. Я крашу свои губы, потому что женщины НИКОГДА не должны чувствовать себя в опасности. I #RedMyLips because women should NEVER feel in danger. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
In the small town of Vadeni on Easter morning the local orthodox priest blesses baskets of food by splashing holy water on them and the congregation. It is a moment to be thankful for the past year and pray for prosperity in the following year.
Eu susțin #RedMyLips, deoarece ... tăcerea maschează violența. Я крашу свои губы, потому что... тишина скрывает насилие. I #RedMyLips because… silence hides violence. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Moldovan congregates wait early Easter morning, with their baskets of food displayed on the ground in front of them, to be blessed by the local orthodox priest.
Easter in Moldova
Fight Festival in Mie Prefecture, Japan https://visura.co/user/claryestes/view/japanese-spring-festivals
Families from the rural village of Vadeni in Moldova wait at the local church at 4am for their baskets of food to be blessed by the local priest for the Orthodox Easter Feast.
Poți apela Centrul de Drept al Femeilor (022 23 73 06) pentru susținere și informare despre drepturile tale, proceduri legale și medicale, și accesul la alte servicii destinate victimelor. Обратитесь в Женский Юридический Центр (022 23 73 06) за поддержкой и информацией о своих правах, медицинских и правовых процессах, а также доступом к другим услугам для жертв насилия. Contact the Women’s Law Center (022 23 73 06) for support and information about your rights, medical and legal processes, and access to other services for victims. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Susțin #RedMyLips, pentru că… femeile nu trebuie NICIODATĂ să se simtă în pericol. Я крашу свои губы, потому что женщины НИКОГДА не должны чувствовать себя в опасности. I #RedMyLips because women should NEVER feel in danger. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
Candle wax on a bible during Orthodox service in Moldova
Candles lite during an early morning orthodox mass.
Lungimea fustei mele nu-ți oferă consimțământul meu. #OnlyYesMeansYes Длинна моей юбки не может дать согласия. #OnlyYesMeansYes The length of my skirt cannot give consent. #OnlyYesMeansYes #RedMyLipsMD #AcțiunepentruJustiție #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Dacă observ un prieten rănind o fată, eu voi vorbi pentru a o proteja. Если я вижу, что друг причиняет боль девушке, я ЗАСТУПАЮСЬ, чтобы защитить её. If I see a friend hurting a girl, I SPEAK UP to protect her. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Eu susțin #RedMyLips, deoarece… îmi doresc ca toate victimile să știe că au parte de suportul meu. Я крашу свои губы потому, что...я хочу, чтобы все жертвы знали, что у них моя подержка. I #RedMyLips because… I want all victims to know that they have my support. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
Eu susțin #RedMyLips, deoarece… îmi doresc ca toate victimile să știe că au parte de suportul meu. Я крашу свои губы потому, что...я хочу, чтобы все жертвы знали, что у них моя подержка. I #RedMyLips because… I want all survivors to know that they have my support. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
Communion on Easter in Moldova
Easter Bread waiting to be blessed.
Dacă o ameninți cu violența, ea nu va mai fi în stare de a oferi consimțământ ca atare. Если вы угрожаете ей насилием, она больше не может дать надлежащего согласия. If you threaten her with violence, she can no longer give proper consent. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Easter service in Moldova
Culoarea buzelor mele nu-ți oferă consimțământul meu. #OnlyYesMeansYes Цвет моих губ не может дать согласие. #OnlyYesMeansYes The color of my lips cannot give consent. #OnlyYesMeansYes #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Femeile MEREU trebuie să se simtă în siguranță. Красные губы: женщины должны ВСЕГДА чувствовать себя в Безопасности. I #RedMyLips because... Women should ALWAYS feel safe. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
The local priest mid-service Easter morning in Moldova.
Victory Day in Moldova
Victory Day in Moldova
Eu susțin#RedMyLips, deoarece… din păcate, 42% dintre bărbații din Moldova consideră că în cazul în care o femeie este violată, ea a provocat această situație. Я крашу губы, потому что .... к сожалению, 42% мужчин в Молдове неправильно считают, что если женщину изнасиловали, то она виновна в данной ситуации. I #RedMyLips because…. unfortunately, 42% of men in Moldova incorrectly believe that if a woman is raped that she caused the situation. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
Easter Feast on the grounds of a local church in Moldova
Easter blessings in Moldova
Dacă o ameninți cu violența, ea nu va mai fi în stare de a oferi consimțământ ca atare. Если вы угрожаете ей насилием, она больше не может дать надлежащего согласия. If you threaten her with violence, she can no longer give proper consent. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Eu susțin #redmylips, deoarece… aproape 1 din 4 bărbați din Moldova declară că a comis un act sexual cu o femeie care era prea beată ca să-l poată refuza. Я крашу свои губы, потому что ... Почти каждый четвертый мужчина в Молдове сказал, что он занималися сексом с женщиной, которая была слишком пьяна, чтобы сказать «нет». I #RedMyLips because… Nearly 1 in 4 men in Moldova said they have had sex with a woman who was too drunk to say no. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share
Dacă ai nevoie să vorbești cu cineva despre problema dată, poți mereu apela Linia Fierbinte pentru Femei a Centrului La Strada (0 8008 8008). Если вам нужно с кем-то поговорить, позвоните по телефону доверия для женщин La Strada (0 8008 8008). If you need someone to talk to, call La Strada’s Trust Hotline for Women (0 8008 8008) #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Orthodox Catholic Church in Moldova
În Moldova, hărţuirea sexuală se pedepseşte cu amendă în mărime de la 650 la 850 unităţi convenţionale sau cu muncă neremunerată în folosul comunităţii de la 140 la 240 de ore, sau cu închisoare de pînă la 3 ani. В Молдове сексуальные домогательства наказываются штрафом от 650 до 850 у.е, неоплачиваемой общественной работой от 140 до 240 часов или лишением свободы на срок до трех лет. In Moldova, sexual harassment is punishable either by a fine of 650 to 850 u.c., unpaid community work of 140 to 240 hours, or by imprisonment of up to 3 years. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
“Ești OK? Te simți bine? Este cineva căruia i-aș putea telefona?” Eu nu voi tăcea, voi vorbi și voi fi un martor activ. "Ты в порядке? Есть ли кого-нибудь, кого я могу вызвать для вас? »Я ВЫСКАЗЫВАЮСь, и буду уполномоченным наблюдателем. “Are you OK? Is there anyone I can call for you?” I will SPEAK UP and be an empowered bystander. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Easter in Moldova
Dacă sunt beată, nu-ți pot oferi consimțământ. #OnlyYesMeansYes Если я пьяный, я не могу дать согласие. #OnlyYesMeansYes If I’m drunk I cannot give consent. #OnlyYesMeansYes #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
Last blessings on Eastern in Moldova
“Ești OK? Te simți bine? Este cineva căruia i-aș putea telefona?” Eu nu voi tăcea, voi vorbi și voi fi un martor activ. "Ты в порядке? Есть ли кого-нибудь, кого я могу вызвать для вас? »Я ВЫСКАЗЫВАЮСь, и буду уполномоченным наблюдателем. “Are you OK? Is there anyone I can call for you?” I will SPEAK UP and be an empowered bystander. #RedMyLipsMD #ActionforJustice #invento #RedMyLips2017 #ok2share #redmylips
From "Those Who Remain" A year later I spend Pastele Blajinilor with Ion, after we lost someone very dear to both of us. We slump through the snow and mud up to the cemetery. Just days earlier a freak late-April snowstorm hit Moldova. As Ion and I have talked about his past, Ion recalls how the deportations were a tragedy for his parents, but he was so young at the time that he still struggles to remember some parts. Ion is a quiet and warm, yet stoic man who speaks less of his deportation than Nina. The ways in which deportees remember their deportations differs significantly, some coming back to their experiences over and over again, and some thinking of them as a footnote in a young life. Today, Ion tends to focus more on the issues directly at hand, caring for his garden, making wine, and spending time with his family. Ion remembers, “I was only a child [when we were deported], and the events didn't affect me much, don’t feel attached to them. But my parents, they were the ones who pulled the laboring oar… You know, we couldn't talk [about the deportations] with our parents, we didn't want to ask them anything and they didn't want to tell. I guess they were very afraid when they were taken away and they must have suffered a great deal. They were forced to keep their mouths shut lest someone in power should find something out about them. My father had a saying, ‘Don't play with the state, because you're playing with fire.’”
Ion says goodbye to Nina one last time at her gravesite on November 27th, 2016. I had called Thanksgiving day in hopes that I could spend "Old Christmas," the orthodox epiphany date of Christmas in Moldova held on January 7th. Ion answered the phone. When I asked how he was doing he simply replied, "Bad." "Why bad?" I asked. "Nina a morit." He said. Nina died. I was shook by the unexpected loss. For the next couple of days I was sure that I had misheard Ion. 'My Romanian is bad, I couldn't have understood correctly,' I thought. But unfortunately, when I went to their home, there Nina was. This beautiful light of a woman was gone.
I always thought this #cosplay was so #beautiful!!!
Before the family had been deported to Kazakhstan, Ana and Pasha’s mother, Maruşca was in hiding from the Soviets, working by night in the neighboring village of Caiinar-Vechi (pictured above), about 8 miles away from Vadeni. She would walk back and forth between the two villages in order to make money and care for her young daughters. “We would wash her feet [when she arrived home at night], but the water would become red, for she was walking barefoot, poor soul, through the woods and thorny bushes.” – Pasha Graur Maruşca had to go to extreme lengths at times to hide from the Soviet militias who were looking for her. Ana recalls the day her mother was forced to hid in a hot, newly used, oven to evade the authorities, "[The Soviet authorities] were watching for our mother but they couldn’t find her. One day she left the house, thinking that no one was watching, but when she came to the yard of Ilena Repesco (a neighbor), two Russians with weapons came up from behind her. Tanti Ilena didn’t know where to hide her, so she quickly hid her in the hot oven from which she had just taken out the bread, putting hemp bundles in front of it. The two Russians had seen that our mother had entered the gate but they did not notice where she went from there. They entered Aunt Ilena’s house and asked her if somehow a woman had entered the house. Because of fear, dear, kind Aunt Ilena suddenly had an idea to save Mother, and she said to the Bolsheviks, 'Yes, the woman you are looking for came through the garden and left out the back. If you go quickly you can catch her near the ravine.' The two Russians went out looking for my mother, and Aunt Ilena went quickly into the house and pushed aside the bundles from the front of the oven and pulled out my mother, who was more dead than alive. All day my mother stayed at Aunt Ilene’s house, but that night she returned home and told us what happened. I can never forget when old Petrea Sochirca (another neighbor), with a wooden leg, came and knocked on the door at midnight and told my mother, 'Marusca, run! They are coming after you!' My mother jumped the fence and hid in Petrea’s cornfields until morning, escaping this time."
Nagoya Cemetery
One December afternoon Ana and I went to her mother's gravesite to visit at my request. On the way there, Ana joked that she was calling her mother to tell her she was coming. "Mama? Mama? Can you hear me?" She said into her hand, "We are coming to visit OK? I am coming with [Clary]." I smiled as we walked arm in arm. When we arrived and Ana stepped closer to her mother's grave she began to cry, "Mother I am here." She kept saying, "I am here, mother. I have come." As we leave she laid to small sweet cookies on the gravestone. "These are for my mother," she says, "but the birds will eat them for her."
Nagoya Cemetery
Nagoya Cemetery
Nina's granddaughter, Magdalena, looks at her grandmother's body during the church service at Nina's funeral. Fatigued from grief she is quiet for much of the event. I occasionally hold her close and we take a moment to grieve and listen to the Orthodox chants of the priests. Like Nina, Magdalena is also diabetic and her family keeps a close eye on her diet and insulin shots everyday.
Nagoya Cemetery
I just love the hair do in this #cosplay!!!
Branch's Design in Japan
This is a fun #cosplay pair!!!
Nagoya Cemetery
I love how goofy yet melancholy this #cosplay is!
When the Graur women returned, they had to work hard to get by and survive the winters, occasionally being oppressed by their own neighbors. “Winter approached and we didn’t have any boots. My mother thought to go to Nicolea Lis, the one who bought our sheep [when they were taken from us when we were deported], to ask him for some wool to make our shoes with. But she got herself into a fine mess! She entered the yard, she bid them good-day, and Mrs. Grafira asked her the reason for her visit. My mother kindly asked her for some wool to make slippers for the girls, but Grafira snapped at my mother, telling her that she should keep out of her yard, because she payed for those sheep. And then, [as she cursed our mother], she let their dog loose on her. By the time mother walked out the gate, the dog had bitten her leg. So with a heart full of sorrow and a bleeding leg, she went to Alexei Conovali’s home (a neighbor at the time) and his wife, Mrs. Olga, put a cold Romanian coin on her wound and bound her leg with a scarf. My poor mother came home limping. It was very painful for us. However, we swallowed this bitter pill and moved forward.” - Ana Graur-Munteanu
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I hope to think this #cosplay lady commands the warriors around her!!!
Ana's grand daughter, Natasia, poses for a picture years after her grandmother returned to Moldova from Kazakhstan. She now lives in Italy with her mother, Ana's daughter Lidia, and father. Ana came back to Moldova with her mother 5 years after they were deported, after the death of Stalin in 1956. Many deportees were allowed to return home after Stalin’s death and the rate of frequency of return differs from person to person, ranging from the immediate return to those who waited decades (wither by choice of by circumstance), to return home. The Graur women slowly built back up their life in their home village of Vadeni. It was surprising, to an extent, that they were allowed to return back home, as many deportees were barred from returning to their ancestral villages and had to instead survive elsewhere, regularly depending on the kindness of family members. Ana currently lives with her son Alex and his family and says that she wants to live to see her family safe and settled. During Alex's 48th birthday on August 23rd, she told me, "In my dreams my husband (Vladimir, who died years earlier) comes to me and says, 'Join me, Ana.' but I say no, I am happy here and I want to be with my family."
Nina's mother, Olga, holds Nina's son Pavel years after they have returned to Moldova. The hardest memories for Nina are not, in fact, her memories from Russia, but her memories of her family's return to Moldova after her father's death, “What one can remember is what hurts one the most… when mother set us around the table, 7 souls (Nina’s mother, Olga returned to Moldova with her 7 children), who had no table, no place to sit around and eat and not much to eat anyway. She would cry, and that was the most painful for me. It's important that people never forget this and that justice will prevail.” Nina remembers how her mother would cry at her inability to provide for her children and as her children saw her cry, they would cry for their mother as well.
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Last #cosplay photo! This guy was more of a #performanceartist than anything ;)
Nina's son Pavel stands next to a costumed creature during one of their family’s vacations. Now grown, Pavel is part of the Police force in Chisinau and his brother, Alex, is a local lawyer. Alex created the Mereni Museum to the deported (Mereni is his father's home village) and both sons work to tell their parent's story throughout Moldova.
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Portrait
I stand at the head of Nina's casket as we start the funeral ceremonies. Though grieving, Ion takes a muted position in the activities. He is quiet and as I raise my camera to photograph him he looks me straight in the eye. A day earlier, during the second day of viewing for Nina in their home, Ion and I talk in his and Nina's old bedroom. He is looking for sheets to cover the windows - an old orthodox tradition during funerals. "Nina would know where the sheets are but I can't find them," he says, "She always took care of things like that." He takes a moment to sit and be silent away from the crowd. "I suppose I will have to learn to cook for myself too," he says, " I have never cooked for myself, not since we were married." I have to admit that I had the same thought. Throughout our conversation he repeats, "We will remain without her. We will remain without her." Perhaps a kind of reminder to himself. I ask if I may spend Old Christmas with him. "Of course," he replies, "Poftim la noi." You are welcome to visit us. Then, "No, not 'la noi'," he remembers, "It is not 'us' anymore. It is just me."
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Ion’s parents, unlike some deportees were able to return to their home town of Mereni after their deportation to the Irkustk region of Siberia. Many deportees, upon their return, were forbidden from returning to their home village for a variety of reasons, thus many found themselves not only having to fully rebuild their lives in an unfamiliar village. In addition to these challenges, Romanian was scorned and Russian prioritized in Soviet Moldovan society, deportees often could not move to Chisinau for greater opportunities due to soviet regulations, and they were deterred from gaining a good education or moving upward in their careers due to their “Enemy of the State” status. All of these restrictions made the recovery of deportees in their homeland so much harder. Once Moldova gained independence the government launched a “recovery program” of sorts, affirming that the former “Enemies of the State” had been rehabilitated, a move that signaled to deportees that they were welcomed back into Moldovan society.
I know this #cosplay, it's #callofduty... right?
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