The Shavparosnebi or “the Blackshields” are a Georgian martial arts federation. The Georgian martial art has played an important role in Georgian history; the blackshields themselves were named after a group of Georgian partisan warriors (only men) who engaged in guerrilla warfare at night wearing their black shields and black masks. Nowadays, this Georgian tradition is being taught and revived by the young generation. A group of men and also women decided to dedicate most of their free time to practice this martial art tradition for the freedom it gives them and for the honor of being able to preserve their country’s disappearing tradition. They also provide learning opportunities to all those who are interested and they now conduct various performances in events and festivals in Georgia and around the world.
The Others is an ongoing project that began with an idea of what could be. I've always been fascinated by many abandoned houses and mansions in and outside Beirut and especially with the palpable sense of life that they still carry. There are ghosts in these houses that have loved, lost and endured many wars. Throughout this series, the couple relive small moments of intimacy and in the final image they seem to be chained together and to a past, that however tragic, was their own.