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.
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Images used with permission from Narayan Mahon.