Text by Daniel Schierke
ISBN: Not available
High Hopes is the result of a three-year critical study of Sochi, the city that is to host the next Winter Olympics, and of the process of transformation and change that has taken place there over the past years. The title is an allusion to the ambitious goals and high expectations that come with the Olympic Games. The Olympics however play only a marginal role. Much more important is the question of the younger generation and their view on things/of the future. Hence the title “high hopes”.
The mixture of ease and gloom or in short, Sochi’s inner conflict, pervades Saloshanka’s work, radiates from his photographs. The book’s tour de force is in the way it manages to excavate fragments of stories even in a place whose history in only a few years is being completely eradicated.
Vitus Saloshanka was born in Minsk (Belarus) in 1974. From 2004 to 2009 he studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund. His work has been exhibited widely. In 2012 he received a Dummy Award at the Photobook Festival in Kassel, previously he received a grant from VG Bild-Kunst in 2011. Since 2009 he has been working as a freelance photographer.