scanned map of Moldova
Doska Pochiota (2018)
Emigration from Moldova is a mass phenomenon, having a significant impact on the country's demographics and economy. Thousands of Moldovans are leaving their country -- one of the poorest in Europe -- in search of better economic conditions just about anywhere else. The massive emigration is leaving villages without teachers, and children without parents.

Since proclaiming its independence on 27 August 1991, the Republic of Moldova has gone through several migratory periods distinguishable by dynamics such as push and pull factors, level of prevalence of migration, direction and composition of migratory flows, duration and legal status of migrants' stay in host countries (International Organisation for Migration). According to the Border Police data, on 31 December 2015, the amount of Moldovans currently residing abroad was approximately 753,800, roughly 20,000 of whom were absent for a period of 12 months and beyond. Since the late 1990s, migration from Moldova has been directed towards two regions: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, predominantly Russia (more than 55% of Moldovan migrants in 2014), as well as Western Europe, particularly Italy (more than 15% of Moldovan migrants in 2014). Remittances from Moldovans abroad account for almost 24,9% of Moldova's GDP, the seventh-highest percentage in the world.

Doska Pochiota is documentary project, connected with public intervention. In the project, Dutca presents stories of people who are living in Moldova and have reasons to stay in country and to develop it. Using methods of documentary photography, as well as working with ambient sounds, video, text and public intervention the author try to attract public attention to the problem of emigration in a different way.
Explication of Carolina Dutca
During school years all students including me planned to leave the country as fast as possible. Those who for some reason couldn't leave were treated with disdain and perceived as losers. Everyone knew there is nothing to do here and «the great future « will be somewhere far away but not here and now. Before I' ve started to work as a documentary photographer and develop a theme of human rights I lived with the same feeling and thoughts about the country. However, I understand now what I want and what I can develop in Moldova.
Explication of Alexandra Stoyanova
The feeling of patriotism for a place I was born! The desire to make the place where I was born better and make people a little bit happier. Self-realization is also very important. I am engaged in opening of a fitness hall, volunteering and teaching children to dance! I am assure , it doesn't matter where a person was born, it's much more important what he or she wants. Desire is a huge push for any business.
Explication of Maria Nicolaescu
To be honest I am not sure if I want to stay here, but for sure I don't wanna leave. Moldova is not just a country I was born in. For me Moldova means my parents, brothers, grannies and friends. They are my main reason why I wouldn't leave this place ever. Sometimes I just look at the streets: broken streets, cars parked illegally, nervous people, dust and trash… But I still love Moldova. Maybe because I am the same not organized. Anyway my main reason I plan to stay is people. Especially children. Which have an extraordinary potential, but it needs to be valued. I want to stay in Moldova and to contribute to education for those children. Because they are the only hope we have. Also I think that Moldova is the only place where I can feel free, can behave the way I want, can speak the language I want to. However, we know that there are many problems here and I am scared about the day I will think about moving from here.
Explication of Ana Maria Sircu
Being just 19-years-old I became confused about some senses of life. Having a chance to study abroad I decided not to use it. Though the whole year I was dreaming about this opportunity. Motivation 'Why did I stay?' is very simple. I rediscovered Moldova as a paradise, that perfect place to find myself as a personality. Moldova is a country where people scream loudly, but the nature keeps calm that you fall in love with life. Why not for me to stay?! I have here everything I need: stars, good food, friends, family, patience, inspiration. Of course, I wish to discover more cultures of the world, which is my motivation to travel, but Moldova will always be the place where I will come back no matter which part of the world I am in.
Explication of Ion Mocan
I'm still living in Moldova because of several reasons. First of all I see opportunities for self-development here. I think, citizens can carve out a career and create their own buisness projects in different areas and cooperate with international partners. Also and more over I think I should stay here because I feel so and several persons needs in me here, I periodically help them so I need in a project I develop. If I'm not disappointed in my country, especially in government I will stay here, but travel and earn money from other countries.
Explication of Lena Zhelezkova
When I was 15 years old, my main goal was to leave Transnistria. After finishing the 11th grade in school I went to study psychology in Bulgaria . After 4 years graduating in а university I've got BA degree, I decided to come back and try my skills in my native land. One of the main reasons of my return was my desire to be useful to society. While I was working in a school where I studied before I understood that I can teach teenagers how to solve their daily problems. Living close with relatives I can help them in any difficult time to provide support. I want to be useful for society of my country , and it's the main reason of my desire to come back . I am able to influence others, and in the same time they will influence me. I am convinced I can always leave Moldova, but I can always return and influence others with new experiences and fresh thoughts which could somehow change the world.
Explication of Ana Noroc
I think only well done work is a characteristic of achieving success. Neither space forms the person, nor person forms the space. For achieving something somewhere you need to prioritize, to define your aims and to make a plan. Everything around you is just your instument, even if it is environment you live in, that's why I think that environment I will live in. Now I cannot tell exactly if I stay in the country or if I move abroad. The only thing I understand is that every feature, even Moldovan market, cannot serve the obstacle for having a nice life and a future, that Republic of Moldova has an enormous potential of development, a market and a favorable geopolitical situation for. The only feature which stops the evolution is Moldovan selfishness. So for me to try to develop myself in a competitive environment and not to try to model my own personality and to become the best in RM is a banality.
Explication of Miroslava Myatnaya
My desire to live in my hometown is due to a number of reasons. I feel comfortable here, here is my home and my guard. This is the place where I spent my childhood, when we all lived in a memorable Soviet Union, when everything was different, kind, when we were not afraid of tomorrow. I love my streets, the «meeting place» at the fountain (even when I spend time alone there, not expecting anyone). We have opened a coffee house, which means that my time alone with myself will smell of coconut mocha or green tea without sugar. I love this place, I like to spend time here between work and home. I like to go to this place for a long time, and then calm down and disconnect from everything. Home... My house is another reason why I want to stay here. My room is my universe. Here is my work, words, music, ideas. There is almost everything for me here. My kitchen is mint-colored, my candles, my balcony, where I smoke a lot at night. I fill with everything that I see and feel around. This place where I'm free, happy... I do not know. This is the place where I feel good. Previously, for a long time, I wanted to escape, forget this city and never come back. Until I stopped being afraid of myself and expressing myself. And I really enjoy living it all, that is in me, together with other people, even with those whom I can only admire, sometimes approaching, and, of course, with those whom I can embrace. This is the place where I feel like in my water.
Explication of Gylea Guseinova
My name is Gulya, I was born in village Butor, which is a part of Grigoriopolsky district. I study in Tiraspol at the Faculty of Law, I am in the first year of the Master's program. I like to provide legal assistance, so I decided to create a free legal consultation in Butor and help the people of my village. After graduation, I plan to continue to help, and legally educate fellow villagers. I can not leave the country, I want to develop my origin village, so together with my sister I try to look for different grants and projects for the growth of the village so that fellow villagers could live here and love it. We organized the youth movement «Volunteer» and together with the volunteers arrange some actions for the improvement of the village. Also I can not leave, because my parents and my family live here, I can not leave them. There is hard work in the village, and my parents can no longer cope with everything by themselves, so it is my duty to support them and help them. I think it's not right when people leave their family and leave. Parents tried their best to raise a child, gave him everything he wanted and in the end they get what the kids leave them, occasionally sending them money. Next to your family and their support, you can do more!
Explication of Alina Ambros
Republic of Moldova is a relatively new country which is now in a process of development and has mixed and diverse history. The remainings of wars, starvation, revolutions and other political events from the past are still deeply felt now. The majority of young people prefer to move to another country which has already passed these kind of problems, where life seems better there. They don't see any life and future here. But I feel that everything depends on us. Changes are coming from our wish and action. Youngsters are those who want to give birth to a prosperous, democratic and positive country. I love this country! Republic of Moldova has a way and a chance, but we are those who are liable to take care of it. Studying on the Faculty of Law and discovering the nature of the state, I realized that here my life is. I want to grow up here, to develop myself and to progress. Of course, I would like to discover and other countries, nations, ethnicities, to travel, though anyway all the roads will lead me back home. And at the end I would like you to ask the question 'What did you make for motherland?' instead of 'What did motherland make for you?'


2018 - Artist, Artist-in-Residency Program KIOSK, Oberliht Association, Apriori Legal Information Center, UNDP - Chisinau, Moldova
2018 - Group Exhibition "Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods", Zpațiu (Independent Art Scene in Moldova) - Chisinau, Moldova
2018 - Group Exhibition, Fotografika Gallery, Academy of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism - Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Intervention in public space, Tiraspol, Transnistria, Moldova, 20 June 2018, oracal on bulletin board
Intervention in public space, Tiraspol, Transnistria, Moldova, 20 June 2018, oracal on bulletin board
Intervention in public space, Tiraspol, Transnistria, Moldova, 20 June 2018, oracal on bulletin board
Intervention in public space, Pretura Botanica, Chisinau, Moldova, 22 May 2018, oracal on glass, 8 pieces, 1*1.5 m
Intervention in public space, Pretura Botanica, Chisinau, Moldova, 22 May 2018, oracal on glass, 8 pieces, 1*1.5 m
Intervention in public space, Pretura Botanica, Chisinau, Moldova, 22 May 2018, oracal on glass, 8 pieces, 1*1.5 m
Exhibition Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods, Zpațiu (Independent Art Scene in Moldova),Chisinau, Moldova, 23 May - 9 June 2018
Exhibition Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods, Zpațiu (Independent Art Scene in Moldova),Chisinau, Moldova, 23 May - 9 June 2018
Exhibition Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods, Zpațiu (Independent Art Scene in Moldova),Chisinau, Moldova, 23 May - 9 June 2018
Exhibition Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods, Civic Club#19, Tiraspol, Transnistria, 21 June - 23 June 2018
Exhibition Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods, Civic Club#19, Tiraspol, Transnistria, 21 June - 23 June 2018
Exhibition Culture / Future of the Neighborhoods, Civic Club#19, Tiraspol, Transnistria, 21 June - 23 June 2018
SPECIAL THANKFULNESS AT

Katya Bogachevskaya, Andrei Hamitevici, Ilya Bugaev, Valentin Sidorenko, Igor Elukov, Vladimir Us, Roman Ursan, Irina Dutca


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