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In the Shadow of the Bear Georgia by George Georgiou Street scene, Tbilisi. In late 2003, Georgia's Rose Revolution bought the promise of an open, free and democratic future. However, since the revolution, the Government has faced a number of hostilities from it's giant neighbour Russia.   These have included military and economic support for the breakaway Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the banning of Georgian produce from the Russian marketplace, a hike in gas prices, erratic delivery of energy supplies during winters, a transport and economic blockade from October 2006 and a harsh crackdown and expulsion of Georgians from Russia. The result?  War between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. Throughout this time Georgians have struggled with the daily task of surviving under difficult conditions while trying to create a viable democratic country. This work looks at life in domestic and public spheres and builds up a picture of how the people of Georgia negotiate the space that they find themselves in. Georgia.  Spring 2010. My home. Wedding, Batumi, Georgia Wedding, Batumi, Georgia. Outskirts of the industrial town, Rustavi. Kitchen worker in a restaurant on the road to Tbilisi. Street scene, Batumi. Interior of an apartment belonging to an IDP from the Abkhazia conflict in 1993, Poti. Bar, Batumi. Street scene, Batumi. Street scene, Tbilisi. Bakery, Tbilisi. Hair salon, Kutiasi. Bar owners, Kutiasi. Photography studio, Kutiasi. Taxi driver, Kutiasi.