Davide Monteleone, The red thistle
A professional photo-reporter since 1998, the Italian Davide Monteleone won the 2011 European Publisher’s prize for photography awarded by five European photo-editors. For many years his beat was the countries of the northern Caucasus (Chechnya, South Ossetia, Georgia, Abkhazia, Dagestan, etc.) as they tried to cope with the collapse of the ex-Soviet Union. His work, focusing on consequences of the different conflicts and upheavals of the twentieth century’s end in regions stressed not only by a strong ethnic and religious diversity but also by powerful geopolitical stakes, manages to restore a sense of the complexity as well as the fragility of peoples and situations in the face of new and unstable frontiers that recent history has drawn, most often by force.
Exhibition venue: Capitole, chapelle Saint-Laurent, Rencontres d’Arles 2012.