The Final Days of Georgian Nomads

Shortlist 2019

Natela Grigalashvili

Natela Grigalashvili is a documentary photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Artist worked as a photo reporter as well as a film operator. Grigalashvili was awarded the Alexander Roinishvili Prize for her contribution to Georgian photography in 2007. In the beginning years of her carrier photographer used to shoot with black-and-white film. Lately Grigalashvili has been taking color photographs with a digital camera. Artist mainly makes photo series and realizes long-term art projects. While working on a photo series Grigalashvili focuses on the story which is told by the image.
The Problem
2019

The Final Days of Georgian Nomads

Mountainous Adjara is one of the most distinct regions in Georgia. To this day, traditions and the old ways of life are maintained here. The isolation of inhabitants of this mountainous area has been an issue for a long time. The last several decades have been especially difficult for this region. Due to the absence of primary living conditions, many Adjarian villages are abandoned. Many families have become eco-migrants as they were forced to move to other regions of Georgia or abroad, mostly in Turkey. The residents of Gorge villages are often cattle breeders. Due to lack of pastures, cattle owners take herds to mountains in summer and stay there till late autumn. Nomadic Adjarians have to relocate several times a year. However, despite this, most of the men still have to work in Turkey, taking seasonal jobs for additional income. Because of this challenging situation, mountainous region with unique traditions and lifestyle is slowly getting empty, and this traditions and unique lifestyle are being forgotten.