by Rena Effendi
Effendi says of the peninsula, «In and around Baku, its main city, the earth is breathing petroleum fumes, as oil oozes to the surface, turning it liquid. The Caspian Sea hugs the eagle-beak shaped land, salting its gas-pocked soil.» By photographing people who live here, in both portraits and reportage, as well as showing scenes of the pollution itself, Effendi demonstrates the life, which goes on in Absheron. By pairing these photographs with some of her father's butterflies, she beautifully articulates the ubiquitous drive towards life, the tragedy of industrial destruction, and the fragile balance between the two, which is in a constant state of provocation.
«This book was made possible with the generous support of: The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development; Mr.
Ulvi Kasimov, chairman of the IQ Group investment company; Fondation Novruz». Rena Effendi, (Acknowledgements in the book «Liquid Land»)