This is a project I’ve been shooting for the past 8 years.
The unstable economy in Moldova the latest years forced a big part of the adult working population to move abroad in hope of finding a better job, leaving many children and elderly behind. This can last from a couple of months to several years. There is an estimation of 120 people that are leaving the country every day.
Since the fall of Soviet Union, Moldova has been caught in political turmoil with constant changes. Being part of former Soviet Union, many would like to go back to having closer ties with Russia, while others hope for a Western future. The split is usually very predominant during elections when parties with very opposing agendas face difficulties in finding ways to cooperate.
In this project, I have been focusing on the daily moments filled with joy, hope, struggle and beauty. This is also a personal journey. Since I’ve been living abroad from the age of 18, these images symbolise my way to connect back to my roots and hold on to parts of my identity.
The two places where I have been photographing mostly are Chisinau, the capital where I was born and grew up and Izbiste, my grandparents village, a place I used to spend a lot of time as a kid and a place that for me represents a safe haven.
Moldova is highlighted by many contrasts, but also the contrast of beauty and untouched landscapes, in a country that remains pretty unknown.