Sonja Wespi
Bern, T +0041 76 233 11 36
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Lonesome Garden

In the heart of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek city there is a botanical garden behind the high concrete wall in the square of 150 acres. After the collapse of the Soviet Union the garden was left alone, rare visitors stroll through this forgotten world.

Certain species of plants of this garden I joined with the daily life of the citizens of Bishkek by moving these types of plants into their homes, thus connecting the interiors that appear frozen in time with the isolation of the garden. For «Western» eyes Bishkek interiors are museums of household items such as wallpaper and furniture, which the West cannot connect with 2012.

  • Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Dordoy Bazaar
  • Toy Car
  • Kyrgyzstan, near Lake Son-Köl
  • Toy Car
  • Kyrgyzstan, Karasu
  • Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 1
  • Kyrgyzstan, Cholpon Ata
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Toy Cars in Kyrgyzstan

Shiguli cars were very common during sowiet times in Kyrgyzstan. Year after year you find fewer on the roads. Between 2011 and 2014 I captured some with my camera. Not all of them are Shigulis cars but they have all the same marvelous appearance – somehow like toy cars.

Happy Times

There used to be over 200 holyday resorts around the lake of Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. Since the independence 1991 many of them are abandoned. I was wondering where the two enormous concrete stairs lead to and when I followed them I found this colorful resort. The resort lies on the south shore near the village Kadji-Sai.

Les vieilles tantes

«Les vieilles tantes» (aging flowers) are printed on aged barit photography paper. This little serie has grown over the past 15 years. The changing of the vivid perfectness into an apperance full of character of an aged flower is what I love to observe. The photopaper on which I developed the pictures is around 50 years old, which I once found on a flea market and I carefully guarded

«If you value your life or reason keep away from the moor»

90 percent of Switzerland’s marshlands are drained and the rest of it is protected by the unique «Rothenthurm-Initiative» since 1987. I like to stroll through this particular landscapes, capturing moments of eerie beauty.