Cheliabinsk Region, Russia
Spring 2010 – Summer 2011
They are called Eco-Villages, based on an idea that was born in the middle of the last century.
They are small communities organized by people that decided to abandone the big cities searching for a new esistential and spiritual dimension of life.
Respecting the Nature, first of all, and far from the rithms and the rules, also the economical ones, typical of the urban agglomerates.
Here all is eco-sustainable, the energy comes from the sun, the drinkable water from the rivers, the heating from the wood, the food from common cultivations, etc.
That return to the agriculture has also an economical importance, as Russia in the last years had to import the 40% of fruits and vegetables from other countries.Most of the people living here are professionists, people that in the past had a good position and were well integrated in the society. They decided for a better life, for themselves anf their children. They decided for a better life, for themselves anf their children.
Recently they won a seat in the local government as a small party defending rights of the local community over its territory.
There are hundreds of these communities all around the world, and many in Russia. Alexandrovka is among them, in the Chelyabinsk Region.
In the last two years, Alexey Pivovarov is documenting the alternative ways of life amon