My journey starts at the age of 10.My parents decided to leave Russia and come to Israel.
I thought that I never remembered anything from those last moments, where I was asked to part from my family and friends and just pick up and leave. Leave without looking back, with an expectation for a better future. Coming to Israel took a heavy toll: I tried to quash my identity and language with all my power, to try and feel like I belong.After 15 years, the expectations for a “better future” have led me to look into my past, which was left so far behind.With the mediation of an adult and a more accepting look I go back to the city where I was born, Lipetsk, for a journey to find the young girl that was left behind.
I chose to reconstruct moments; to go back to those places that awaken happiness mixed with sadness and great longing. Going back does not complete the cycle. It reopens old wounds.
Ekaterina Bourindine is a 27 years old, freelance photographer & cinematographer, based in in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Graduated Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem at the Photographic Communications department. Migrated with her parents and grandparents to Israel from Russia when she was 10 years old.
Her childhood in Israel made her to forget about the past and try to fit into a new culture.The identity issues lead her to seek after her childhood in Russia, the memories and the smell she could never forget.The project is a retrospective on her childhood through local people from Lipetsk. [Official Website]