This project is about the nomadic tribes of reindeer herders in my homeland, the Republic of Yakutia, which is located in eastern Siberia.
There are five nationalities of reindeer herders that live on the territory of the Republic: Even, Evenk, Yukagir, Chukchi and Colgan. All of them are smaller populations, for instance the total number of Yukagir in the world at this moment is only 1509 people.
During the period of one year I traveled with reindeer herders in different parts of Yakutia. I witnessed a unique culture that almost has not changed for centuries.
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Adji Cissoko was born in Munich, Germany and trained at Ballet Academy Munich and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City. She joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2010.
Guy Ritchie Week
Sherlock Holmes, 2009
Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot
White people get so angry at the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people.”
I will never understand why.
Why are you so angry that you are being treated as actual human beings? You are not reduced to caricatures, but portrayed as characters. You are treated fairly, judged not by your skin tone, but by the ways that you carry yourselves, by your actions.
Why do you want to experience racism so badly? It is not fun to be mocked, dehumanized, attacked, killed, incarcerated simply for daring to exist. It is not fun to know nothing of your history or family because it was torn apart, whether through distance or death. It is not fun to hear, at every turn, comments reminding you of your lesser status as humans.
Do you really want to turn on the tv, open a magazine, watch a movie, play a video game, and not see yourself? Or, even better, to only see yourself as a criminal, as a drunk, a mocking stereotype, or as someone to be killed off? Or would you rather see fleshed out, well-written characters with lives and personalities and feelings? I know which I’d rather pick.
If I were a white person, the phrase, “You cannot be racist towards white people,” would be the best thing I could ever hear.”
Gare du Nord, Paris. 2013.