Bieke Depoorter is a member of Magnum Photos. She works on long-term projects, and among the vast number of photographic work revolving around strangers hers is a standout. In “Ou Menya” she travelled throughout Russia, knowing very little of the language, and asked to spend a single night in strangers houses. The images that result are intensely personal, intimate moments of many people throughout the country. There are many odd bedroom scenes, family gatherings, and run-down apartments. The intimacy between these people and Depoorter is amazing, given the language barrier as well as the short amount of time spent with each family. She is currently working on a similar project in America titled "I am about to call it a day."
text written by Cole Tracy