seya #11 BALKANLARDA
BALKANLARDA is Turkish for “In the Balkans”Bal means Honey, Kan means Blood.
Each season seya embarks on a different journey and travels with an open mind, the eye of an explorer and the sense of a scientist. The result is not only a collection with wearable pieces but rather a documentation of a status quo of a region.
We invite you to discover the collection with us – the masterfully captured pictures of French photographer Jeff Boudreau will set the mood.
"Geographically and historically, it is a bridge between the east and the west, and the north and the south, where various ethnic groups and cultures are mixed and historically always involved in conflict.
For 22AW, We wanted to visit Moldova in the Balkans where the shadow of Soviet Unions remain strong.
Various claw marks remained in Moldova. Unfinished Soviet-era nuclear shelter was still there after 30 years. Rusted pieces of iron were scattered around the area, and wreckage of the nuclear shelter, which was probably the highest technology at the time, was surrounded by weeds in an empty land.
At a cave of crumbling cliffs which can not be seen from outside, we see the Russian Orthodox Monastery Thathas been a pilgrimage course since the time of Russia. Instead, Monastery remains as it is for centuries, still sacrificing animals.
Most of the buildings in the capital, Chisinău, were built in communist collective housing during the Soviet era.There are debris concrete frames because many of them stopped construction on the way.
Contrary to that, you will see a beautiful countryside that continues endlessly and peacefullyIt is also known for its rich crops and delicious food and wine.
When it is all mixed together, it was elusive where we felt we were in an unknown distant place, even though it is just right in the southeast of Europe.
Contradiction and division."