“THE LAST BORDER”
The Last Border’s project tries to document the personal battle between dreams and reality that face a group of young people in the military conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. This conflict, still alive but forgotten by the headlines, strikes a generation that was born during the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The young people I have been following for the past 24 months, leave their motherland for work or education. However, after a while they go back to Karabakh aiming at building a future for themselves and their families as well as to support the fight of their country on the recognition by the international community.
My take on this issue is the paradox that is created on their personal battle. Being convinced of coming back -as a commitment to their identity- to an isolated region of the south Caucasus with few job, cultural or future opportunities and where the military conflict imbued the streets taking the self-proclaimed republic to a finesse-state that from 25 years has prevented to progress. Some of them have launched private projects or work as public employees; all of them face and coexist with the fragility of a new escalation of this forgotten war since April 2016.
This story will try to decode the most important decision they took and document the consequences of living in a military conflict ignored by, almost, everyone in the world by following them during several years.