Province of Santa Fe, Argentina
This photographic project is a social, historical and personal investigation through portraits made of the community of Moisés Ville, Santa Fe, a town founded by Russian and Eastern-European immigrants fleeing the pogroms in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
I want to explore the changes that occur in people and places that are marked by the phenomenon of immigration. I portrayed the last direct descendants of the settlers, a group that is quickly disappearing, and with them the legacy of a history that is even visible in the architecture of the town. With a sense of urgency, in order to capture something that is fading, I first focused mainly on the past, but then I got to know a new generation. The relationship between the old community, trying to rescue traditions, and the new communities of Moisés Ville, has captivated me the most. ¿How do these two generations relate to each other?
My intention is to continue with this project and study this history in depth. It is a highly symbolic record that can serve as a documentation and expression of identity and perseverance.
Portrait: Felipe Dana