Grey

Valeria caught between East and West: Ivangorod Fortress (to the right) opposite Hermann Castle, with Narva River in between.

Valeria is 27 years old, she works as a journalist, she loves photography and comes from nowhere. Her undetermined nationality is a consequence of the dissolution of the Soviet Union control across Eastern Europe during the 1990s, which drastically changed the political scenario in countries like Estonia. She is frustrated by bureaucracy and waiting to take her citizenship exams in order to become Estonian. Her grey passport and her birthplace being a border town are vivid metaphors of her own self and offer prompts for reflection on the meaning of identity. As grey lies between black and white, Valeria lingers between two States with strong personalities, trapped seeking for her own individuality and freedom. Valeria’s identity is grey; does this make her less of a person?

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