Very pleased to announce that I will be showing my work from Ukraine as one of the main exhibitors at PhotoIreland Festival this summer.
If you will be in Dublin between 1 - 31 July do come and visit.
For more info on the festival visit: http://photoireland.org/festival/year-2014/
Really looking forward to be heading over to Wales next week, where I’ll be showing some of my recent work from Ukraine along with some other great photographers and friends.
Any Welsh / West country friends please come along to the opening at Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff!
I’ve finally got round to sharing some recent work from Ukraine. It’s been a bit of a long time coming but its online now so please take a look!
I’ll be exhibiting a print at A Year in Development at four corners gallery, opening this week. There should be a great mix of strong work on show, so if you’re in London this Thursday come along!
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Marco Kesseler - Gjakmarrja, Albania’s Revenged Blood self published 2012, edition of 50.
Gjakmarrja (literally “blood-taking”, i.e. “blood feud”) or Hakmarrja (“revenge”) refers to the social obligation to commit murder in order to salvage honour questioned by an earlier murder or moral humiliation. This practice is generally seen as in line with the Albanian social code known as Kanuni i Lekë Dukagjinit - Thanks Wikipedia :)
In this book Marco introduces us to an aspect of Albanian culture many may not be aware of. Gjakmarrja - blood feud, a part of the Kanun, a set of traditional Albanian laws. This particular law allows revenge for a life taken. If one person kills another, then a member of the victim’s family has the right, according to the Kanun, to take the life of a member of the murderer’s family. An eye for an eye.
In his book, Kesseler provides us with a rather grim look at what can happen to families hiding from retribution. He shows us 2 families, both dealing with similar consequences due to one of their son’s mistakes. In order to protect themselves, the families have been forced to abandon everything and go into hiding or risk losing a life of their own.
Kesseler has done a great job of explaining the processes to the viewer. It’s also interesting to see that modern law has not completely removed ancient law. I also really like how Kesseler has chosen to document this story through the lives of the murderer and his family, as opposed to the victim’s family. It really makes you feel for the family affected by their son’s actions. It makes me wonder if in some instances these ancient laws work more effectively than modern laws. Would people reconsider taking someone’s life if they knew how badly it would affect their family?
Visit Marco’s website and have a look at his other projects as well. Really great work.
I’m a bit slow in reblogging this but thanks for the review! For those that don’t know The New Frame you should really take a look. Eric has a great collection of photography books, which he regularly updates with interesting reviews.
I’m also down to the last 5 copies of the book so if anyone wants a copy get in touch!