no silence
Transnistria is an internationally unrecognised region that has declared itself independent. Transnistria remains de jure part of the Republic of Moldova, although
the government has no control over the region. Hence the area remains an island of Russian influence in the immediate vicinity of the borders of the EU, and is a kind of time bubble reminiscent of the Soviet era, which is evident primarily in the mentality of the people.

Being born in the forgotten region of eastern Moldova as an LGBT person is difficult and often dangerous. The majority discourse considers homosexuality
as an unhealthy deviation from the norm and as something that is never discussed. In Transnistria, there is silence about different sexual orientations and there
is silence even about physical attacks on members of the LGBT community. Carolina Dutca is trying to break the taboo through a photography series about 17 people dealing with an internal struggle between their very nature and the expectations of their society; a struggle to find their place and identity in a world that is not ready
to accept them just yet. In Transnistria, where the author comes from, the exhibition sparked a great deal of discussion after it had to be cancelled due to pressure from the local KGB.
We need to be with someone who makes us happy

During the long years of being married to a man, I managed to find my true self. I realised that I was under the influence of stereotypes enforced by society while I was really attracted to women only. When She appeared in my life, I finally felt that I had a meaningful relationship. We didn't have to play roles anymore: you — a man, me — a woman. I could simply be myself.
I refuse to live like this

Spitting, humiliation and abuse from those whose duty it is to protect human rights; broken bones, constant tears, nights spent in the streets due to conflicts with those who are supposed to be closest to you; permanent "correction" by religion, threats to lock me up in a mental hospital — this is what forces me to remain silent.
Society has made me secretive

Everyday, I am forced to play heterosexual roles to avoid homophobia. I try to make a joke when people ask me "Who do you prefer?" I have to hide my bisexual nature all the time. We are not actors and life is not a play where we have to learn new parts every day.
Those who truly love will always understand

When he called me that night, I didn't understand from the beginning how serious it was. His despair was endless. He walked 20 kilometres in the dark of the night trying to escape from those closest to him who failed to understand him and abused him. From that moment, I've been trying to protect him from all dangers which could be brought on him by those who surround him.
I play for both teams in life

I am attracted to both men and women equally. I became aware of it at a young age when I realised that I was falling in love with classmates – both boys and girls. I do not consider it a drawback at all; rather, I see it as an advantage. Woody Allen famously said: "Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on a Saturday night."
Freedom ends at the doorstep

I cannot take my loved one's hand in the street; I cannot share my joy. I am forced to lie about who I am everyday. Otherwise, in the best case, I would have to answer uncomfortable questions and face disapproving looks; in the worst case — to fear for my health, dignity and financial situation.
You think this is about sexual characteristics?

It is not. Because we choose, first and foremost, a person. The soul isn't of any sex, and I consider the soul to be the most important thing. I cannot be with someone just because of their attractive body — I need to be attracted to their personality. For this reason, there is no difference for me when it comes to choosing my partner, I don't care if it is a man or a woman.
I won't be ashamed to murder a gay

That's what my older brother said, holding me out of the eighth floor window. I knew about his homophobia so I was trying to keep it all secret. But when my brother got hold of my private correspondence, his fears were confirmed. Due to the never-ending threats and beating I left home on the verge of suicide. Were it not for the support of my loved one, this story would have died with me.
Nothing human is alien to me

I am a normal person and I want to be honest with everybody the way I am when I am alone with Him and the Sea. I want to take his hand or embrace him when I am overwhelmed with emotion; I want to introduce myself as his husband and not his brother or friend; I want to stop telling stories about a girlfriend that doesn't exist; I want to escape the fear that I would lose my job; I simply want to be happy like any other human.
Thank you for feeling free inside

I remember how I first learned about homosexual relationships from a TV show where a lesbian couple was the target of verbal abuse. I remember how I asked my mother to explain everything to me. "This happens when girls love girls and men love men, but I will accept anybody you will fall in love with," my mother said. And so I was never afraid to show my love for anyone.
Awards and Grants
2017 - Shortlisted in World Biennial of Student Photography, Academy of Arts University of Novi Sad - Serbia

2016 - Winner, People in Need Grant, Prague - Czech Republic
Exhibitions
2018/11 - Group Exhibition Transnistria Seen From Within: a portrait by young photographers, Aff Gallery, Berlin - Germany

2017/12 - Group Exhibition, The World Biennale of Student Photography, Museum of Contemporary Arts of Vojvodina, Novi Sad - Serbia
2017/09 - Personal Exhibition, Kasarna Karlin, Prague - Czech Republic

2016/12 - Personal Exhibition, Art Gallery OU, Chisinau - Moldova
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