Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee
Big Little Brother (in progress) — Documentary photographer Valya Lee

Dàgē in Mandarin means bigger (elder) brother. It is the name that was used by the Chinese in the 1950s in relation to the Soviet Union. In the collective consciousness of the old Chinese generation, it still maintains the idea of a Russian comrade — that of a helper in building a Communist world. Today the majority of raw materials produced in Russia are exported to China. Analysts predict that by 2025 the Chinese economy will be the largest in the world. The global order is turning towards the East. The «younger» brother has already matured.

The number of Chinese tourists in Russia increases every year — 1,3 million Chinese tourists visited Russia in 2018. But despite the masses of Chinese tourist groups, the Chinese tourism industry does not bring sizeable profits to the Russian economy.

In my work I focus on the transforming world. I find points of contact and combine two cultures — East and West, China and Russia. Through cultural symbols I intertwine reality with fiction, the past with the future. In the chaos, I find a new order of things.