Lands In Limbo - Images From Countries You've Never Heard Of

A new photo series on display at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts explores the handful of countries that have declared sovereignty that no one knows about. In his “Lands in Limbo” project, photographer Narayan Mahon documents the seemingly non-existent countries of Abkhazia, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Somaliland, and Northern Cyprus, all share one thing in common - the lack of international recognition. In many cases, he was surprised to find that many of them actually functioned better than he thought. “It’s not chaos. It’s not lawless,” he tells Slate

In each country, Mahon relied on shaky connections with locals as well as representatives from various aid organizations to help him navigate. Regardless of his intensive preparations, he still found himself being detained, often times several times in the course of a single day. While difficult at times, he tried to be careful about presenting a view either way on the political situations in the lands he visited, rather than opting to focus solely on returning home with images that might help give an identity to these invisible lands and their people.

See more of the images and read the rest of his story by clicking on the source link below or by visiting his site.

[via Slate]

Images used with permission from Narayan Mahon.

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Andrew Yianne's picture

Northern Cyprus is actually an unfamiliar "country" for good reason. After the Turkish military seized the section of the island of Cyprus in the 70s, they forced the majority of the Cypriots out - my family being a part of them. Thousands were killed and displaced while entire cities and villages were left abandoned. My family is actually from what is now Northern Cyprus. My grandparents and father were evicted from their homes in Koma Yialou (a Cypriot village) to make room for a Turkish family to move in.

Now, the northern part of the island, now called Northern Cyprus, is under Turkish military rule. However, the United Nations and European Union refuse to recognize it as a country. The European Union refuses to allow Turkey admission into it until they settle the dispute with Cyprus, which is over 40 years old.