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This is a strange place where so many strange men are contained for a long time with a strange reason of closing them from the rest of society.
Labour Treatment Profilactorium in Belarus are the only remains of “Punitive Medicine” system of Soviet Union. In Russian language it is called LTP - its abbreviation for its long and senseless name -.
The alcohol addicted are put in these places by force for 2 years as a rule. It is sufficient to have three complaints by family or neighbours to get here. Compulsory treatment consists of hard labour, strict regime and sometimes herbal potion as a single treatment.
The money gained by the compulsory workers are put to the government in order to contain this system and sometimes for aliments - compulsory payment for left families and children.
The first LTP emerged in Soviet Union in 1961. Then all these institutions were closed in Russia during the Perestroika in the 90’s. And now Belarus is the only country that practices this system. I do not have an answer on the question if this system is justice or not.
I neither know about the effectiveness of it. (But the major doctor say that only five percent of all patients stop drinking after it).
I cannot say anything about the Human rights (but the Ministry of Interior say that the rights of surrounding people are more important that the rights of the alcoholists).
I just want to put all these questions by telling a story about a strange place where so many strange men are contained for a long time with a strange reason of closing them from the rest of society.
Usually, my installation consists of several images, mounted on the wine boxes and hidden behind a metal net, standing for general wine drinking and severe imprisonment for it, artificial environment, cage.
Born in 1986 in Tver, Russia, Irina Popova is a documentary photographer, writer and editor.
A graduate of the Tver State University School of Journalism, Popova studied photography at FotoDepartament, St. Petersburg, in 2007. In 2008-2010, she studied documentary photography and mixed media at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.Popova worked as a staff writer and photographer for Ogoniok Magazine in Moscow from 2008-2009. In 2010, she moved to the Netherlands, and was artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam from 2011-2012. In 2013, Popova co-founded the Dostoevsky Photography Society collective. In 2013-2014, she curated an exhibition FFABRU/Foreign Fotographers About Russia, as part of the Open Border Festival, Amsterdam; subsequently the exhibition toured to ten Russian cities.
Irina Popova has participated in numerous exhibitions and photography festivals in Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Burma, and Lisbon, including the Photoquai Biennale, Paris and the Noorderlicht and Breda Photo international festivals in the Netherlands. Her work has been published by Lenta.ru; Afisha Mir; Russian Reporter; Ogoniok; the Guardian; Geo International; the New York Times; Gup Magazine; and Lens Culture. Popova’s work is included in the collections of the Russian State Museum; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris; and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam.
In 2014, Popova published the photo books Another Family and If You Have a Secret. She has received numerous awards and nominations, including Delphic Games of Russia (2006, 2007, 2008); Young Photographers of Russia (2008 and 2010); Best Photographer of Russia (2009); the UNICEF prize honorable mention (2009); Award of Fund of Development of Photojournalism, Russia (2009); and nomination for the Marie Claire Photo Award (2012), Pride Photo Award (Amsterdam, 2013), Photobook Dummy Award (Kassel, 2015)? Gomma Grant (2016). Was published in Le Photo magazine, the Guardian, Sunday Times, GUP magazine, GEO International, FOAM. Was exhibited at Photo Quai Biennale (Paris, France, 2012), P///AKT Gallery (Amsterdam, 2013) Hermitage Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2014), Pickpocket Gallery (Lisbon, Portugal, 2014), Social Photo Fest (Perugia, Italy, 2014), FotoArt Festival (Bielsko-Biala, Poland, 2015), VOID Gallery (Derry, Northern Ireland, 2015), Fotofest (Houston, USA, 2015), UNSEEN Photo Fair (Amsterdam, 2015), Metenkov House of Photography (Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2016), Riga Photo Festival (Latvia, 2017). Currently resides between Amsterdam and St. Petersburg.