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What will happen after death and where do the dead go? Each culture provides its own answers, but they all tend toward the same goal: eternal life. In villages that still practice the traditional ways, people are certain of another world beyond the present one. They maintain a constant connection to it. The living influence the dead; and the dead, the living. Death is always so close and so possible, and the borders between the two worlds are so thin, that death—as a final departure and a complete disappearance—does not exist at all. Anthropologist Natalya Konradova and photographers Aleksander Sorin and Fyodor Telkov traveled for more than a year around the villages of the Mari living in the Ural. The result of this research is a multimedia project that includes photos, videos, objects, and installations. Project organizer: Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center. Supported by: Khamovniky Foundation, The Centre for Documentary Photography Fotodoc.
Fyodor Telkov, Aleksander Sorin, Natalya Konradova.