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Frozen Waves.

Photographs and text by Dina Oganova.
Self-published, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2018. In English and Georgian. 68 pp., 51 black-and-white illustrations, with pressed flowers, 6x8ΒΌ".

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Printed in a handmade edition of 222 SIGNED copies. Each copy is unique and contains pressed hydrangea flowers throughout the book.

In her latest book, Frozen Waves, acclaimed documentary photographer Dina Oganova examines the Georgian “tradition” of kidnapping girls into marriage. While the practice has garnered heavy scrutiny for human rights violations, it continues in many rural areas.

“My whole childhood I [was] used to hearing stories [about] how boys/men kidnapped girls with help of their friends, to [marry] them. Sometimes kidnapped girls didn’t even know who would become their future husbands.”

“It was a big shame to come back home after kidnapping. Everybody thought that [the girls] were not virgins anymore. So, who would marry them, who would marry disgraced girls?!

Families didn’t want to get them back, because now they had a new ‘owner’.

It was ‘normal’ in 90s Georgia, nobody even protested. When I grew up, I thought it was over, but at some point I realized that it’s still happening…”
— Dina Oganova

In 2015 PDN named Oganova among the 30 best emerging photographers under 30 to watch. She was also a finalist for the Wallis Annenberg Prize. Her long-term projects I Am Georgia, My Place, and Frozen Waves have been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.

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