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Davide Monteleone. Spasibo.

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Republic of Chechnya, Russia, 03/2013. A bride is ready to leave her family's house for her wedding. Dating is not usually part of Chechen social life. Marriages are generally arranged by families, who try to marry into another family of at least equal, if not superior, wealth and social standing. Many young people choose whom they will marry, although they may ask for parental approval. Chechen parents exercise considerable pressure on their offspring to marry other Chechens. This is particularly true for women, since married women are considered to belong to the culture of their husbands.

Davide Monteleone is a visual artist, researcher, and National Geographic Fellow whose work spans image-making, visual journalism, writing, and other disciplines. Reoccurring themes include geopolitics, geography, identity, data, and technology. Originally from Italy, Davide Monteleone spent, between 2000 and 2021, over a decade in Russia where he produced his early series and four acclaimed monographs: Dusha (2007, Postcart), Red Thistle (2012, Actes Sud), Spasibo (2013, Kehrer), The April Theses (2017, Postcart).  

Follow Davide on Instagram @davidemonteleonestudio.