9 Jan 2017 2016 CONTAINER

A new way to experience documentary, journalism and visual storytelling, combining live video conferencing and traditional documentary practice.

Featuring: Ara Oshagan, Daro Sulakauri and Jan Zychlinski

Curated by

Glenn Ruga

Presented by

Social Documentary Network


LiveZEKE is a new way to experience documentary photography, combining live video conferencing and traditional documentary practice.

LiveZEKE, for the first time, will bring the subjects of a documentary into direct live conversation with audiences through video conferencing. This first presentation of LiveZEKE at Photoville will be based on “The Forgotten Caucasus,” a feature article in the spring 2016 edition of ZEKE magazine that showcases documentary photography from the countries and regions of the South Caucasus — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabakh — by photographers Ara Oshagan, Daro Sulakauri and Jan Zychlinski. The Photoville exhibition will include large-scale images from the South Caucasus and text to provide a conceptual and creative framework for the LiveZEKE sessions. Starting on Thursday at Photoville, we will present two or more LiveZEKE sessions. Each session will offer live video conferencing with people from the South Caucasus, who will be available for dialogue with members of the audience. Translation will be provided. LiveZEKE will allow festival attendees to learn more about the South Caucasus from both the traditional documentary components of photography and text, and from direct engagement with subjects of the documentary who live in the region.


Ara Oshagan’s work revolves around themes of identity, community and bearing witness. Since 1995, he has been recording the oral histories of survivors of the Armenian Genocide. For over eight years, Ara photographed extensively in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia, working on Father Land, a book project with his father. Ara’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the US and Armenia.

Daro Sulakauri was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. After obtaining a degree in cinematography from Tbilisi State University, Daro moved to New York to study at the International Center of Photography (ICP). Daro is now based in Georgia, where she documents social issues of the Caucasus. Her work has been published in Forbes, Mother Jones, Sunday Times, The New York Times’ Lens, Saveur, The Economist, Vision and Bloomberg.

Jan Zychlinski was born in former East Germany. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer in Social Urban Development at the Berner University of Applied Science, with a focus on social photography. He has taken his humanitarian perspective around the world to document human experiences during crises and everyday life, including the fate and living conditions of refugees in the South Caucasus after the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Social Documentary Network (SDN) and ZEKE magazine give voice and a creative and technical platform to an international community of documentary photographers and visual storytellers who are creating compelling visual stories about a wide range of global issues. Since SDN was founded in 2008, we have worked with more than 2,000 photographers from all parts of the world to create more than 2,500 stories on the SDN website. We have also had seven physical exhibitions of this work, which have traveled to locations in the US and internationally. In 2015, SDN launched ZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary to provide a print and digital presentation of the best work from the SDN website. Issues covered in past issues of ZEKE include the South Caucasus, gender identity, the migration crisis, water scarcity, the Bangladesh garment industry, the war in Syria and other themes of global concern.