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Domain of Hugs
Domain of Hugs
Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia, 2013-2017
Back in 1913, Pope Saint Pius X forbade tango and puritans called it a devil’s dance. Today, thousands of dancers in Russia and all around the globe study Spanish, make sure their vacations coincide with dance festivals, and plan pilgrimage to the mecca of tango – Buenos Aires. In addition to this, every year on December 11, tangomen celebrate the birthday of the “King of Tango” Carlos Gardel as their own.
In 2009, the “too passionate dance” received UNESCO protection as cultural heritage of humankind. An abundance of tango-services emerged in the “market of hugs”. Maestros from Argentina travel the world with master-classes. Their busy schedule and popularity is a matter of envy to show business stars.
I danced and photographed Argentinian tango in Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, and Australia. I call myself a photo-tangera because I dance and shoot at the same time.
My pictures capture couples from different continents, but there is an illusion that all dancers are in one room, in one domain – the Domain of Hugs called TangO.