PHOTOSALON is held annually by Midexpo Exhibition Company. The visitors could enjoy photo expositions by the world-famous photographers most of which exhibit in Russia for the first time.
The project was held for the first time in 2006. Being one of the main events of Moscow art life Photosalon represents photography of different genres.
Umida Akhmedova, an Uzbek documentary photographer, was born in Parkent, a small town in Tashkent province and later received her professional education in Russia. She studied photography at the Culture Professional School in Vladimir and obtained a degree of a cameraperson fr om the VGIK (All-Union Institute of Cinema).
After coming back to Uzbekistan, Akhmedova continued to work both as a photographer and as a cameraperson and became a co-author of several films dedicated to the controversial life in modern Uzbekistan.
Apart from participating in the All-Union competitions and numerous national exhibitions, Akhmedova exhibited her works in Bilbao, Copenhagen and many Russian cities. Her latest series Mothers-in-law and Daughters-in-law was exhibited at the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013).
Umida Akhmedova’s works explore a familiar everyday life of Uzbek families and communities that face numerous challenges caused by the need to adapt the traditional way of life to the demands of the rapidly changing world.
Her keen interest in complex and authentic life of the Uzbek people and the refusal to follow the top-down agenda of superficial and non-critical representation of so-called ‘national traditions’ has provoked a negative reaction from the authorities on more than one occasion. .
This photo story is about a wedding ceremony held in one of the villages in Ferghana province, a key event in the life of many Uzbek families who save money for years and often work abroad only to hold it.
Even in villages the tradition is inevitably changing: new elements of the ritual are introduced, including the white wedding dress, huge wedding cakes and flowers while the ceremony is now more often held in cafes and restaurants rather than at home as it used to 20 years ago.
However, the most important changes are the ones that take place in human relationships, especially between different generations. While older people are still trying to play the role of keepers of everlasting traditions, the young are already building their own relations wh ere lavish folk rituals and costumes perform a mere decorative function. They will be removed as soon as the festivities are over and the real life starts, but for this couple it still lies ahead…