Tatyana Ilyina

ilinaBorn in 1984 in Moscow. Graduated from the Moscow College of Information Technology (2002), Moscow Independent University of Ecology and Political Science (2006) with a specialization in journalism, and the photography school of the All-Russia State University of Cinematography (2008). Master classes with Sergei Maksimishin (2008) and Vladimir Vyatkin (2008). Student at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.

Psychiatric hospital in Abkhasia

The conditions in the hospital are extremely hard. Many of the patients we met took part in the war between Georgia and Abkhazia. Those people are respected very much, we heard a great deal about them, and visitors are allowed to see them before anyone else. But there are others — with different fates and characters.
The first person we ran into was a former boxing master. He was in the hospital together with his brothers. The doctors spoke about him warmly and kindly. When he saw us he said: “There are no mentally ill people here because they have no God.” He spoke beautifully and at length, and always, at the most unexpected moment, appeared in a black coat with raised collar and looked at us kindly and mysteriously.
We were surprised to discover how people can live in terrible conditions without noticing anything, living in their own world, not complaining, and being sincerely happy because somebody came to visit them.