Ron Hornstra – Sketchbook: Life here is serious (Gesigneerd!)
Publisher: The Sochi Project, 2013
Hardcover, 48 pages, English
Signed copy, new
Print run: 750 (numbered)
Life here is serious describes the North Caucasus’ most popular national sport, wrestling. Wrestling and the North Caucasus are inextricably linked. Not only is wrestling the most popular sport in the region, the North Caucasus is also the birthplace of many Olympic champions. They are honoured as heroes. Above all, wrestling as a tactical, brutal sport rich in traditions is a metaphor for the North Caucasus itself: a hospitable but violent region.