Here you will find stories of our participants, they made in training.
Aljoša and Miranda Škaper
We are showing the entanglement of situations in our partnership, which either arise on their own, or in which we put ourselves, and the relationship established as a result. The situations often come close to some sort of human normality or normative, such as we imagine a couple fits; yet, as a mixed couple, we are too often faced with unnecessary questions about our intimate lives and about what we are able to do. In our series, we are trying to show that we are a typical couple in atypical situations, different from the rest just like the rest of you are different from us.
Not/overly/special/? Not overly/kind? Not/overly/punctual? Not/overly/pesky? Not/overly/complicated? Not/overly/realistic? Not/overly/diligent? Not/overly/loving? Not/overly/funny? Not/overly/cute? Not/overly/sombre? Not/overly/fun? Not/overly/spontaneous?
Who knows? Not even she herself …
I am Jelena Radusinović. I come from Montenegro and have been living in Ljubljana since 2013.
The series of photographs that emerged, stems from the emotions of Woman. It lays bare the diverse faces of her identity, and grows and branches out from the timelessness of my everyday life.The photographs depict unplanned and spontaneous moments in the life of a psyche.
When my disease rendered me handicapped, people pitied me, drew away from me, they were afraid to come in contact with me – they ascribed me a single identity – disability. Even more than by my handicap I was shocked by the change in how people behaved towards me. It felt like I was no longer the same person, as though I became someone else, whom they don’t know. I felt like my handicap was making it much harder on them then it was on me. Their behaviour bothered me, but I didn’t understand it.
A LIFE OF LOSS
My name is Naiem. I am 26 years old and I was born in Qatar to Palestinian parents. I am Syrian Palestinian.
Although I was born in Doha, I and my family could never obtain citizenship as Syrian Palestinians. We were treated as slaves, owned by a sponsor - a Qatari person. Our life has been without perspective, without hope or freedom of speech.
Leaving was a necessity, but it was hard to leave my life behind - the people, the things I lost and missed.
This story speaks about the things I had to leave behind, the things that I had lost and the things I miss. Parts of me are still there, captured in these photos.
I’m Romana, a lover of an unusual book – The Bible. His living Word gives me strength and wisdom in life. With it I conquer fears and solve problems. With its help I win battles. It reminds me, comforts me. It is my love.
On of my favourite passages states that with Him “I can advance against troops and with my God I can scale a wall”. Another beloved passage states that He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”. These passages helped me scale many obstacles and preserve my faith in and hope for the impossible. I am filled with expectations, even when things seem impossible.
Tina Cerk in Naira Tahirović
I'm Tina. I have the soul of a philosopher and I love to create. Because I’m compassionate by nature, I applied to and completed social work studies. Nevertheless, my paths lead elsewhere. I work at a printers’ as a sales consultant.
I have muscular dystrophy, which turned my gestures into mini “gestures”. With my little fingers, I glide like a spider to things within my reach. I reach other things with the help of others, for example Naira, whom I met a good year ago. Our paths crossed at common interests in music, philosophy and many other things. Naira likes to play guitar, read, and cycle like me. The object of perspective in her photograph is me; an object of observation.
People, who know me, know that I always wear a scarf and a smile. I try to focus my creativity on the small details. Dystrophy makes my life hard in details. Those who help me don't understand the virtue of details. Or do they? With details, I break monotony.
I wanted my photograph to capture my everyday life, to present small parts of my life.
Aber Al Gendy
I am Aber Al Gendy. I was born in Damascus. My father was a military officer. We were a big family and his salary couldn't sustain eight family members. We moved to Alqatmus as we had family house there.
I finished high school and moved to Aleppo where I worked for eight years and then got married.
When the war broke out my youngest child was only 6 months old, the oldest was 6 years old. The second one was 5 at the time and the third one 3 years old.
Kevin Koman Modic
I'm Kevin. I’m interested in animals, which is why I’m going to study veterinary medicine. The photography workshops taught me how to use photography to tell a story. I found a cat with characteristics that made it stand out from most other cats and took a series of his photographs. I captured interesting situations.
Kamel is a reasonably active cat, who does things in unique ways. He differs from others already in how he goes to the bathroom. He faces down other cats in fights for his territory and meets the local felines when they assemble with their individual catches of the day. The thing he has most in common with the majority of other cats is the 20 hours they spend sleeping each day.
Camilo Acosta Mendoza
My name is Camilo. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. I come from a loving family. I am married to a Slovenian woman. I work as a clown and a street performer. I love to dance Tango. Here is a piece of my story represented in 12 photos taken in the last 3 years. Enjoy.