Danil’s work is about current social problems in Central Asia and his most recent project is about islamisation in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is a secular country where 83% of the population is muslim. After the fall of the Soviet Union islamisation began to take hold and people were looking for something to identify with. The power of the mosques grew. Now there is a prayer room in Parliament where before there was none. Some of the muslim movements in Kyrgyzstan are moderate, but others are more radical. When the conflict in Syria began, 600 citizens of Kyrgyzstan went to fight for IS. They can’t return or they will be arrested.

Danil investigates why this is happening because he wants to know what these people are looking for. Danil has a Muslim background and is intrinsically interested in his own origins and culture .

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Who? Danil Usmanov

From Kyrgyzstan

Docking February 1 - 20

Working on 'Inshalla'

About Islamisation of Kyrgyzstan


Danil Usmanov is a young photographer from Kyrgyzstan, currently studying Telecommunication in Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Art and he is taking lectures in photojournalism and documentary photography at DocDocDoc School of Modern Photography in Saint Petersburg. Danil has graduated from "Art East" school of contemporary art in 2017.

He has participated in various international exhibitions. Danil was awarded the first prize in the Vilius photo festival 2017 contest and the special prize of the Bishkek First April Competition 2017.



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Asmara Pelupessy
Education Director Noor



Since the massive tsunami of 2011, Mayumi Suzuki has become interested in the layers of history in her hometown, Onagawa. Why do people continue to live here in this town, in spite of being hit by a tsunami many times? Actually, she would be the third generation photographer if she took over now. Many families in this town have continued their business onto the next generation. They have overcome all the difficulties by themselves and managed to reconstruct. 

Mayumi beliefs that each personal family history adds a layer onto the history of this town. She’s creating
a new vision by mixing customer's portraits and archive pictures from
the town. 

She hopes this project will be a reminder that there ones was a rich history of this town.


Who? Mayumi Suzuki

From Japan

Docking Summer 2018

Working on Onagawa

About  Layers of history


Born in 1977 in Onagawa, Japan. Muyami works as a visual storyteller to find and create personal narratives. She was born and raised in a family who ran a photo studio founded by her grandfather in 1930 in the town of Onagawa.  

March 11, 2011. On this day an incident which changed Muyami Suzuki’s life, has occurred. Her hometown Onagawa was destroyed by the tsunami and her parents went missing. She decided to start a project to tell the story. She captures her parents as individuals and not just a faceless figures, and leave the photographs as proof of their lives.

In 2017, ‘The Restoration Will’ was nominated by FIRST BOOK category of Aperture.




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