Little Georgia is a series of photographs about the Georgian community in Athens.
The last years Greece was under the spotlight due to the Syrian war and the consequent refugee crisis. Certainly, many times in the past people fled from war zones or economically destroyed countries and came to Greece as a first country choice or in a transit status. As a matter of fact, during the ’90s, after the collapse of the so called former Eastern bloc, Greece became a destination country for migrants and refugees, looking for a better future. Over the past few years I became interested in the Georgian community in Athens, which is considered to be one of the largest migrant communities in Greece. It is known that Georgia has experienced two wars since the 90s, the war in Abkhazia (1992-1993) and the Russo-Georgian war (2008). It is also known that the large trend of migration from Georgia to Greece is a predominantly female phenomenon; Georgian women come to Greece to work mainly as domestic workers (cleaning, childcare, taking care of the old or sick) and often they face stigmatization, financial exploitation and illegalization. I decided to photograph some Georgian women in Athens, at their homes, on their days off, as they hang-out or celebrate. Finally, I got more and more familiar with their lifestyle, their ways of surviving and their practices of mutual support in their new home country.
The aim of this project is to challenge stereotypes and racial prejudices against Georgian women. Documenting a part of their lives is a small contribution to that cause.
Little Georgia is about a migrant woman’s world.