With a master's degree in geopolitics, Aude Osnowycz worked in various professions before turning to photography.

In 2011, she decided to become a photojournalist and moved to Tunisia. She will spend there covering current affairs in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Syria and Libya. At the same time, she will work on the social impacts of the Arab Spring as well as issues related to minorities, women and gender in the Muslim world.

It has been published in many magazines such as Le Monde, Marie-Claire, GEO, OBS, The New York Times, Médiapart, The Guardian, Vanity fair, newsweek, etc ...

She has also exhibited her work at the phémina festival, RDVI, Barrob Objectif, les photographiques du Mans and the Women Exposing themselves festival.

She was also a finalist for the Mentor Award and the Roger Pic Award.

Returning to France, where she is currently based, she decided to embark on a long-term work on the post-Soviet universe from which she originates, a more intimate, more artistic approach questioning both the Slavic soul and his family past. Through her photographic work, she has chosen to highlight the gap between new generations turned to the West and older generations immersed in the past and communist chimeras. She has thus worked on the “Putin generation” in Russia, young Belarusian exiles and the militarization of children in the post-Soviet space.

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Who knows Belarus, this small country at the gates of Europe often called "the last Soviet dictatorship in Europe" but which in recent times has become the scene of unprecedented demonstrations?

Far from the media spotlight, this small republic has suffered for 26 years under the nameless dictatorship of President Lukachenko in place since the fall of the wall in 1991.

 

With hundreds of political prisoners, repeated electoral fraud, a gagged civil society and constant human rights abuses, Belarus seems to be the only country in the former Soviet bloc to have completely missed out on the transition democratic. In order to assert his power, Lukashenka, the fanciful president, did not hesitate to use nostalgia for the USSR, of which he claims to be the heir. In fact, Belarus still lives in Soviet times with its kolkhozes and state enterprises. Here time seems to have stood still: gigantic avenues, statues of Lenin or Stalin on every street corner, fervent patriots replaying year after year the great battles of the Red Army in the “Stalin Line” complex, a sky museum open dedicated to the heyday of communism,

Yet pockets of resistance remain, especially among the younger underground generation. Faced with the impossibility of bringing down this tyrannical regime, faced with the fear that dominates their lives, many young people have fled their country for neighboring Poland, this is the case of Valentina, Julia, Hanna, Bohezina, alicia, micro cobaque, alexandr, pavel, pamedor, alessia and more.

 

Because Poland is already Europe, democracy and above all freedom of expression. Here young Belarusians can finally breathe, and free themselves from the Soviet past, sad and gray, in which they have bathed all their lives but which has no meaning to them. Born after perestroika, they never knew the USSR and reject all of these values ​​from the past.

 

This photographic project therefore takes the form of diptychs associating young Belarusian underground who fled their country for Poland with photos of symbols of communism taken in Belarus. This work thus aims to highlight the gap between a generation and a regime turned towards the past and Soviet chimeras and an anti-system, anarchist, punk or hippie youth resolutely turned towards the West and whose vision of the world is to the opposite of those advocated in their country.

 

Many of his "exiles" are still afraid, especially of being watched from Belarus, nevertheless all have faith in the future and many are trying to fight from outside. With the proliferation of demonstrations against the Lukashenko regime, unprecedented in Belarus, which has always been a “wise” country, many are regaining courage and hope, some hope for a revolution, others for more freedom and long-term change. but all are convinced that recent events will move things in one direction or another.