19 a Day
19 a Day, Taus Makhacheva in collaboration with Shamil Gadzhidadaev, Makhachkala, 14.09.2014
19 a Day is a project for which I collaborated with Makhachkala-based wedding photographer, Shamil Gadzhidadaev. On 14 September 2014, we tried to visit as many weddings as we could, and 19 was the final number. There are more than 60 wedding halls in the city. Late spring, summer and early autumn is peak season for weddings, every weekend all the halls are in use. For the project, I crashed random weddings, pretending to be an invited guest. I congratulated the newlyweds, danced, ate, and took stereotypical shots guided by the expertise of Shamil's professional knowledge. We intended to document the possible mimicry of a wedding-crasher, bridal styles, be it a bride in a western-style dress with a hijab, or elaborate crowns – I wonder, what region do you see when you just look at these images?
Read an interview with Makhacheva on Ibraaz, here.