Nikita Teryoshin / Germany
“Almost every day we see images of war and destruction on the news, while the expenditure on armaments sets new records year after year. Well, let’s take a look at the other side of the issue – behind the scenes of the global defense business. Nothing Personal shows the back office of war, which is the complete opposite of a battlefield: an oversized playground for adults with wine, finger food and shiny weapons. Dead bodies here are mannequins or pixels on the screens of a variety of simulators. Bazookas and machine guns are connected to flat screens, and war action is staged in an artificial environment in front of a tribune full of high-ranking guests, ministers, heads of state, generals and traders.”
“So far, the photos were taken at 14 defense exhibitions between 2016 and 2020 in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America (Poland, Belarus, South Korea, Germany, France, South Africa, China, United Arab Emirates, USA, Peru, Russia, Vietnam and India). The final goal of the project is to take pictures on all continents and highlight the global dimension of this very specific business.” (Nikita Teryoshin)
Nikita Teryoshin is based in Berlin.
Für seine Serie Nothing Personal – the back office of war wurde Nikita Teryoshin für den Leica Oskar Barnack Award für die Shortlist nominiert: www.leica-oskar-barnack-award.com/bildstrecken-finalisten/2021/nikita-teryoshin.html