Listen to Maria Kapajeva live on Instagram discussing her book Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear, with Kārlis Bergs of Milda Books. Part of BITESIZE BOOKFAIR, a series of short talks programmed as part of our Online Photobook Fair 2020.
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear is a multi-layered and multi-disciplinary story of the relationships between collective and personal memories by looking at the community surrounding a textile mill in Narva, Estonia, now closed, of which Kapajeva’s family was a part.
The story of one small community is set in the larger context of post-industrial cities worldwide, as they seek new identities. It depicts a mill filled by powerful rhythms of looms and lively collectives of women workers that, in today’s competitive world seems like a bright and distant dream. Maria has focused on women, with a heightened sensitivity towards social and political matters in post-Soviet culture.
Milda Books is a non-profit, non-commercial Baltic based publisher of documentary photographers, visual writers, artists and visual poets from the CEE region, founded in 2017. Milda Books produces one to three new books each year by contemporary artists and also focuses on authors from abroad who have made their work within this region.
Image credit: ©Keiu Maasik
Browse the book
Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear, published by Milda Books.
About the artist
Maria Kapajeva (Estonia/UK) received MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster (UK, 2013) and BA (Hons) Photography at the University for the Creative Arts (UK, 2009). She won numerous awards including A Woman’s Work Award via Creative Europe Programme (2020), Runner-Up Award at FOKUS Video Art Festival (Denmark, 2018) and her first title You Can Call Him Another Man has been shortlisted for the Aperture Photobook Award in 2018.
Meet Maria Kapajeva
Maria Kapajeva shares the inspiration for Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear, published by Milda Books.
2 minutes 19 seconds.
Directed and edited by Toms Harjo.