Journalism, Digital, Workshop
Svaneti is searching for a sustainable future in a continuous field of friction between an emerging local economy and the region‘s rich traditions. Against the background of the region's emerging tourism, the region faces severe changes: An unregulated mass tourism would step by step destroy the ecological heritage of the region and decrease the possibilities of the population to contribute to their self-sufficiency through agriculture.
For 5 days the students from the German University Ostfalia, Tbilisi State University, and Tbilisi Free University visited Latali/Svanetia recorded peoples’ ideas, beliefs, and prospects. In addition, traditional objects, houses, and sacred spaces are mapped and presented in a web project. As one of the first approaches to set Latali on the map, this project seeks to envision a sustainable future for Latali’s participation in tourism.
Latali, Svanetia, Georgia
This project draws on anthropological research methodology combined with digital techniques of mapping and photogrammetry. All the media you find on this website was gathered in a 5-day field trip to Latali/Svaneti. Instead of building coherent stories, we aim to provide access to our material without setting a journalistic spin or imposing a specific glance. You can browse the collection both by using the map and through categories. We provide 10 categories induced from the field interviews to order the cards.
In Cooperation with:
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences Salzgitter