Olga was traveling to the disputed regions that don’t exist on world political maps, where the dream of maintaining a national identity and ethos has turned into a losing battle for international recognition. This time she went to the disputed region on the Eastern coast of the Black Sea that was destroyed by civil war straight after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

One night she woke up suffering from terrible pain and has been carried to the local hospital by an unknown man. A few days after an urgent operation he came to check on her. After abdominal bleeding and massive blood loss she needed a place to recover - he offered her to stay at his house till she can walk away afoot. And she took this leap of faith by trusting a stranger.

He calls himself Wolf — the nickname he was given by his war buddies, the symbol of a warrior in the mythology of Caucasus. Wolf’s grandfather was born in a big peasant family in Turkey. In search of a better life, he crossed the Black Sea and settled down here, in the prosperous subtropical oasis with a tourism-based economy that in the early 1990s will become an internationally unrecognized zone. Wolf’s childhood and youth — spent growing up in a large farming family — was a happy one. When the civil war broke out, he was 22. He killed a man for the first time, buried a half of his family, drugged himself for years. In the last days of the war, he survived a land-mine blast that left him scarred and deaf. Post-conflict isolation embittered people and Wolf retreated to the mountains to live a life of self-imposed exile. His country became isolated from the rest of the world and he chose to be isolated from the fratricide history of his homeland.

«Twenty years later he brought me to his mountain.  When I started to walk again he taught me his routine. Everyday work on the homestead became our common normalcy. I was coming down from the mountain to find the places and people from his tales, that to my surprise appeared to be real. People from his stories were becoming protagonists for my reportages and exhibitions that were coming out in the different parts of the world as the work of any diligent freelancer.» - Ingurazova says.

This single backstage story of Wolf’s life on the mountain has become a symbol of the trauma of the whole country. After her last visit, Olga took her personal archives from Wolf's mountain (2014-2016) to put this true narrative into a documentary fairy tale. Collaborating with her friend and illustrator who came up with an idea to «draw Wolf's memories into the images».

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Photographs: Olga Ingurazova.

Illustrations: Alberto Madrigal.


Он называет себя Волком - прозвище, которое ему дали военные приятели, символ воина в мифологии Кавказа. Дедушка Волка родился в большой крестьянской семье в Турции. В поисках лучшей жизни он пересёк Чёрное море и поселился здесь, в процветающем субтропическом оазисе с экономикой, основанной на туризме. В начале 1990-х это место станет очередным непризнанным государством на постсоветском пространстве. Детство и юность Волка, проведённые в большой фермерской семье, были счастливыми. Когда началась гражданская война ему было 22 года. Он впервые убил человека, похоронил друзей, на протяжении многих лет употреблял наркотики. В последние дни войны он пережил взрыв мины, который оставил его почти без слуха. Поствоенная изоляция озлобила людей, и он уединился в горах, чтобы жить как отшельник. Его страна стала изолированной от остального мира, а он выбрал изоляцию от своего прошлого. Когда Ольга встретила его, он жил в доме на горе 19 лет. 

(2014 - 2016) 

Фотографии: Olga Ingurazova.

Иллюстрации: Alberto Madrigal

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