Mila Teshaieva uses photography to investigate the ongoing transition processes in post-soviet societies from the point of view of a curious researcher. She is working passionately to go over and further develop the traditions of the long form of storytelling, and in so doing, to draw attention to her subject matter through new powerful, innovative and resourceful ways. Her work often combines in-depth scientific research with special esthetics and opens new layers for a viewer to revaluate the mechanisms, which construct societies, modify memories and thus invisibly influence any of us, human beings.
Since 2004 Mila has been engaged into long-term projects on the territories of former USSR, in particular, she dedicated last years working in the Caucasus and Caspian Sea region. This work has resulted in her first monograph Promising Waters that was published with Kehrer Verlag in 2013, and book “Faces and Stories of Enterpreneurs”, which she was commissioned and published by Swiss Development and Cooperation in 2015.
Mila’s work has received multiple distinctions for her work, among them 1st prize in NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2010, Critical Mass Book Award and PDN Photo Annual and appeared on the pages of Courrier International, British Journal of Photography, Time Magazine Lightbox, among many others. Her Photography Projects were exhibited internatonally, with the most recent solo exhibitions in Haggerty Museum of Art (USA 2015), Blue Sky Gallery (USA 2015) and Museum Art of West Coast (Föhr 2014).