Kyrgyz friendship

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The artwork

Photographie numérique
Min-Kush, Jumgal district, Kyrgyzstan

Min Kush, which means “a thousand birds” in Kyrgyz, was officially created in 1955 as an industrial town built around a uranium mine. At the time, 17,000 people lived there, 85% of whom were Russians (engineers, KGB soldiers, etc.). This position gave the town the privilege of being supplied by Moscow for twenty years with products that could not be found elsewhere in the country: caviar, European furniture, jeans, etc. Then in 1969, the uranium mine closed and the town lost over 80% of its population. Today, although the city is largely uninhabited and looks like a ghost town, it still aspires to a new era thanks to different actions put in place by local authorities.

The artist

After several experiences in editorial offices, at Vanity Fair, Arte or Figaro Magazine, Maïlys Derville set up her own business in 2018 as a freelance journalist. It was also that year that she crossed paths with Corinne Vachon, a French photographer who has been documenting the lives of nomadic and semi-nomadic peoples for over ten years. Together, they went to Kenya, Afghanistan, Romania and Kyrgyzstan, each time with the aim of putting into perspective the history of men and women still living mostly in tradition. But if some of them try hard to perpetuate it, others open up little by little to the rest of the world and to the evolution… Photography appears then as one of the best means to testify and leave a trace. During these immersions, Maïlys develops a real love for the image, alongside her mentor, Corinne. At the crossroads between the artistic and the documentary, her photographic work has only one ambition: to capture the emotion of a scene and the essence of its subjects.

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