Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

• Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

French photographer Aurélien Villette travels the world capturing the destroyed architectural objects and thus demonstrating the continuity of time. In 2016 he visited Abkhazia, once a popular holiday destination of the Soviet elite ( "Annie You have no idea I'm flying in Gagra C by Yakin?!.!" - as boasted in the film "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation" heroine Natalia Kustinskaya) and now the area of ​​"frozen conflict".

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

In November 1994, the Republic of Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia, and since there is in the political arena of the world as part of a recognized state. The Government of Georgia, the United Nations and most countries consider Abkhazia a part of Georgia, four countries - UN members, including Russia, have recognized its independence.

The photographer says that the purpose of his work was to show the consequences of the "suspended" state of the region. Houses, roads, cultural heritage objects are transformed into ruins.

Total Villette created two series of images. In the first image presented ruinirovannyh buildings of the Stalin era. According to the photographer, these images exist in the area between dream and reality. On the Abkhaz Black Sea resorts, he speaks as a "memory of the USSR" and "part of an ancient, glorious and now bygone Riviera". The second series - a kind of ode to chaos. Here the viewer is moving rapidly from the ruins of the bus stop to the new building, which means independence from the Soviet to the building of an abandoned Georgian houses. Photo: City gate. Sukhumi

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Arbor restaurants on a mountaintop in Sukhumi

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

inside the parliament building. Sukhumi

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Buffet. Pitsunda

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The hotel in Gagra

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The hall of the administrative building

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The station in Sukhumi

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The sanatorium. Sukhumi

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Dining pioneer camp

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Theater. Gagra

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

on the coast Apartment

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

on the Black Sea View

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Old lantern on the waterfront

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

From the series "Motley voyage - Abkhazia"

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Region of Ochamchira

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The Little House of Culture near the "Ferris wheel" and other Soviet buildings

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

Parliament House

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The Georgian House, abandoned after the War of Independence in 1993

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The Georgian House, abandoned after the War of Independence in 1993

Abkhazia: an ode to chaos

The monument dedicated to World War II with the flags of Abkhazia and Russia