Dina Oganova is a Georgian freelance documentary photographer based between Georgia and Ukraine and working on long term projects in former USSR countries. Oganova graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2009 from the Department of Economics and Business. In 2011 and 2013 she received the Special Jury Prize at Kolga Tbilisi Photos and in 2014 was selected among the best women photographers under the age of 30.
Oganova’s works have been exhibited in: France, Italy, Spain, USA, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Singapore, Ukraine and Georgia. She has won several grants from OSF and been a curator for several exhibitions, while also authoring the first handmade Georgian, limited edition, photo book, My Place.
I Am Georgia
Sharing borders with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia, Georgia literally sits on the dividing line between Europe and Asia, whose influences it combines. This is a small country with a population of 4 million and a charm all its own: "I'm not saying this just because I was born here, but everything in Georgia has a special kind of soul."
Dina Oganova has made her homeland her favourite subject, and her ‘I Am Georgia’ project first began to take shape when she was still a student. Independent since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia is fiercely attached to religion – 80% of its people are Orthodox – and the family. These are the nation's two sacred values, even if its young people, in search of a better future, are leaving the villages of Tbilisi and everywhere else in the country. Oganova offers us a spirited, heartfelt portrait of a post-Soviet generation living a mix of dreams and regrets.