Photographing the Russian Occupation of Georgia

Robakidze's project "Creeping Borders" looks at the Russian presence in Georgia, and the effects of the installation of artificial barriers along the occupation line on the lives of both individuals and whole communities.

Tako Robakidze's project "Creeping Borders" looks at the Russian presence in Georgia, and the effects of the installation of artificial barriers along the occupation line on the lives of both individuals and whole communities.

Living on the Shifting Border of Georgia and Russia

For over a year, Tako Robakidze has visited villages across Russian-occupied Georgia, photographing those for whom borders seemed to change overnight.

Such is the case for people living in Tskhinvali, or South Ossetia, a region recognized by the United States and NATO as Georgian territory but a Russian stronghold for the last 30 years. A truce was ostensibly called in 2008, but as the photographer Tako Robakidze discovered, ask any Georgian in the area and they will insist the conflict never really ended.