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September 18, 2014 posted by Sean Sheepskin

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps

Zona is a photo project of famous Belgian photographer and journalist Carl De Keyzer. In the early 2000s Carl visited 40 former Gulags turned into prison camps in Krasnoyarsk region (Siberia, Russia). Among them were men, women and youth camps (14-18 year old boys). Also transit camps where prisoners wait to be transferred to a specific camp.

In his book Carl De Keyzer writes:
What I saw there was quite surprising. I read Solzhenitsyn 15-20 years ago, so I had a very grim idea of these camps, if they still existed anyway. I had an idea of black and white, dark pictures, torture. But the camp itself is sort of a Disneyland. You come into a gate decorated with metal soldiers made by the prisoners, there are huge murals, famous Russian paintings about glorious moments from the middle ages or even earlier, and at the entrance also there’s a huge steam train on top of the gate, there’s a wooden windmill, Don Quixote, there is a pyramid, Egyptian style. 

There’s all kinds of things, ornaments that were really very surprising, like wooden houses to keep the guards in, just like you would see at the entrance of any cheap amusement park. Everything was in colour, all the walls and interiors, mostly light blue, light green. Psychologically chosen colours, I guess, to put prisoners’ minds at rest.

 

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 01Women prisoners’ camp in Egorovka

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 02Transit camp in Nizhniy Ingash

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 03A prison camp in Krasnoyarsk

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 04A women camp in Krasnoyarsk

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 05 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 06Concert rehearsal: a gypsy dance group will perform. This is the first year that music is allowed

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 07 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 08 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 09 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 10Prison cinema theater

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 11 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 12Honeymoon room

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 13 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 14 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 15Prisoners are looking at paintings made in the camp. Every year, during a 2 week vacation spent in a camp building, prisoners can paint, have a sauna, TV, ping pong, and live in more private rooms.

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 16 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 17 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 18 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 19Another camp in the town of Reshoti (500 km from Krasnoyarsk). First service in a newly built Orthodox church, consecrated by the bishop of Kansk

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 20 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 21 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 22Prisoners checking at the hospital ward

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 23 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 24Prisoners recovering in TBC hospital ward. The Bible is lying on the bed

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 25Metal check after work in TBC hospital ward

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 26 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 27Hospital camp. Construction

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 28Another women camp

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 29A wood factory in one more camp

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 30 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 31Serving lunch

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 32A shoe factory

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 33 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 34 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 35 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 36 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 37Competition for the ice city

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 38 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 39 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 40 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 41Prisoners village of Hayruzovka. Awaiting to meet the chief of the camp

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 42Hard regime. Murder section

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 43 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 44 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 45 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 46 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 47Prisoners village of Egorovka. A new born baby. Families live together in wooden houses without fences at 4 hours truck distance from the main camp, where schools are located

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 48Taking care of pigs

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 49 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 50An aluminium factory

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 51 Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 52Prisoners are repairing the roof

Zona by Carl De Keyzer: Siberian Gulags turned into prison camps - 53A youth camp

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The Photographer: Carl De Keyzer | Compilation: Sean Sheepskin



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