Okunevo - at first glance is a very ordinary Siberian village. Like in many Russian villages, it seems here that life and world order have not changed for many years. But in the 1990s, a woman named Rasma Rozitis came to the village directly from India on behalf of an Indian guru and said that the ancient temple of Hanuman was in this place above or under one of the lakes. She said that the temple had magical powers. Since then, Okunevo has been called the place of power. Pilgrims from different countries and cities began to come to Okunevo, seeking their salvation and answers to the questions of the world, plunged into the sacred five lakes, explored ancient religious practices and saw prophetic dreams. Gradually, communities of different religions and beliefs began to appear in village. Worshippers of Krishna, Shiva, Orthodox Christians, Slavic pagans, esotericists began to live side by side with ordinary Siberian inhabitants. Now Okunevo is considered a temple of tolerance of all religions and mysterious place of power. It is one of the few places on earth where people of different confessions coexist peacefully.


Place of Power

Natasha Lozinskaya

Natasha Lozinskaya is an artist working with documentary and art photography. She was born in Kirov (Russia), graduated from Moscow Literary Institute with a specialization in poetry, now lives and works in Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Krasnodar region (Russia). Photography has become another expression of poetry for her and an attempt to find a national identity and harmony with the world around, to convey nostalgic feeling of a lost home. In photography she explores social themes, focuses on themes of relationships with the past, emotional attachments to places of residence. As the author she also interested in subjects of national identity, archetypes, magical realism, social and cultural features of the Russian outback in different regions. In projects she uses medium of photography, work with archives, collage method, texts. Her works have been published in such editions as “Dodho Magazine”, “Private”, “Colta”, “Novaya”, “Zapovednik”, “Republic”, “Takie Dela”. Natasha is a participant of several collective exhibitions and international educational programs and workshops.

[ CULTURAL PRACTICES ] A set of photographs that increases the understanding and appreciation of a cultural practice. It can be about festivals, religion, traditions, or contemporary cultural trends. Submissions do not have to adhere to documentary principles. Alternate processes and digital manipulations are allowed. Each submission consists of 5 to 20 images. Each participant is allowed to enter up to 2 submissions. All images must be taken in 2022.

Judges for Cultural Practices
Sandipa Malakar
Willy Kurniawan
Zhou Yang
Ki-Ho Park
Suzanne Lee
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