Ricardo Gutiérrez Alonso[Espanha]
My photographic work focuses on developing long-term projects built on a documentary basis, in which humans and territory play an important role, where both are combined and confused to build and tell stories. I combine photographic practice with my training, mainly aimed at developing personal projects and deepening contemporary documentary photography. Most recently, I finished the "Master in Fine Art Photography and Professional Projects" in Madrid after winning the Lens Photography scholarship in 2013.
My project "East of Eden" was selected by PhotoEspaña Discoveries in 2014. I was also the finalist for numerous international competitions including the photography festival of San Jose Photo (2014), Roberto Villagraz scholarship (2013), Addretouch (2013), Madphoto (2013) and Vicente Ansole (2011) and (2010).
Past two decades since the collapse of the USSR and its subsequent rebirth as an independent state, Moldova is still located in the same political hole 20 years ago. The population is facing politically among Russianspeaking ethnic Romanians and Moldovans.
Moldova, as part of Romania during various periods of history a big part of the Moldovan population is of Romanian origin. On the other hand the region east of the Dniester River is mostly Russian or Ukrainian talks to Caucasian origin. This ethnic and fear of a union of Moldova with Romania division ended in 1992 with the outbreak of civil war with the support of the Soviet Army, ended with the declaration of independence "in fact" all the Moldovan territory east of the Dniester river, Transnistria. The secession not only divided the country geographically, but it condemned the Moldovan economy deteriorated to run out of the industrial base located in Transnistria, and made major differences between pro-Russian and pro-Romanian.
All these documents, along the ineffectiveness of politicians to find a solution, have drawn a country without identity, without decaying future, placing it head to European poverty and emigration.
Currently, the high percentage of Russianspeaking east of the Dniester river together with its historical ties with Russia places the region in a possible target for annexation to the Russian Federation as has happened with Crimea.