“I love painting, especially when I paint animals. I might paint a brown animal green, according to my imagination.”
– Elene, 10, Tbilisi from the series Girls from the Future
Dina Oganova is a household name here at Post Pravda. Besides being one of our favourite Georgian photographers, she has also received a lot of international recognition by winning several awards and showcasing her work in countries all over the globe. She especially beautifully reflects her hometown Tbilisi, one of our preferred cities worldwide, in touching and heartwarming photos.
To mark the importance and potential of girls in her native country, she travelled from Adjara to Kakheti via Marneuli and back to the capital to speak to girls between 10 and 16 years old, and ask them about their thoughts, dreams, opinions and ambitions. The result is the stunning photo series Girls from the Future, which was exhibited at the Giorgi Leonidze State Museum of Georgian Literature in Tbilisi. It was intentionally opened on the 11th of October to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, and to stress the importance of realizing young girls’ full potential, creating gender equality, and enabling access to education and healthcare.
Especially in the regions of Georgia, child marriage is still common, and some of the short interviews with these girls provide an open and honest insight into how they see their futures. How do they view education, having a family, and building a career? Dina firmly believes that Georgia as a country cannot fully develop as long as girls are denied the possibilities that boys do have: “Every girl should be given the opportunity to complete education and make informed decisions about their own life and health.”