Nika Russia любовь {LOVE}

Nika Russia LOVE,  любовь in Russian, is a beautiful intimate portrait in photography, film and a series of poetic interviews of a young woman, Nika, and her friends of whom most are coping with HIV and their addictive past, situated in Russia’s metropolis Moscow. The project in its essence is an ode to friendship and hardships fought in Moscow’s daily life. Where love, warmth and the intimacy of friendship reigns as a sensorial antidote against the personal struggle of those within the HIV-community, remaining clean and to safeguard a positive and activist position imagining one’s future all the while living an underdog position within Russian society.

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NIKA

RUSSIA

LOVE

I.: Si je vais dire ‘Nika’, tu vas me raconter quoi, de toi-même?

N.: Je vais dire que c’est un prénom. C’est tout. Je ne sais pas. Une personne…avec un coeur. Avec un grand coeur. Une petite personne avec un grand coeur! Une personne, qui sait ce que l’amitié veut dire. Nika, elle a beaucoup de personnes qui l’adorent, plein de gens qui l’aiment.

 

 

I did not only wish to be admired, but to be famous, to be a star. Because I was lonely, and it was not enough just to have a few friends… I wanted to have more and more.

Z.: When I used this drug, every fucking day, we would sit in the kitchen and talk, and talk, and talk… Take this drug and talk and talk.

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