Winning title »Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2015«
Winning title German Photo Book Award 2016
»Special mention« Arles Book Award 2015
»Inshallah (›God willing‹ in Arabic) explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan, and draws on my childhood fantasies that romanticize the military and intertwine with my past and present personal conflicts. As a Ukrainian, who was born and raised in the FSU and residing in the US, this is the second time that I live in a country that is fighting a war in Afghanistan. I create a dark fairytale filled with my fears and dreams, based on my fascination with the army’s strength and order, set on the front lines of what has become America’s longest running war in history. Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, twelve years apart.« Dima Gavrysh
Dima Gavrysh, born in 1978, received his MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. In 2000 he obtained a degree in cinematography in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2004 his family left for the US. Over the past twelve years Dima has worked as a documentary photographer for the press including The New York Times, AP, and Paris Match and various NGOs. He was embedded with the US military in Afghanistan. Inshallah was selected for Photoquai – 4éme biennale des images du monde in Paris 2013.
Editor: Alla Zarifyan
Authors: Dima Gavrysh, Douglas Nickel
Artists: Dima Gavrysh
Designed by Teun van der Heijden
30 x 30 cm
66 duotone ills.