Feature / Speaking in a loud voice / Chasing a White Horse by Rafal Milach

The charismatic president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili had a dream and a plan. For nearly a decade of his leadership, he strived to mould the Caucasian country according to western models. Georgia was to be a germ of Western thinking and civilisation in that part of the world – in the direct neighbourhood of the growingly powerful Russia. Futurist visions of new cities and glass houses were brutally pasted into Georgian scenery. However, the implant never became fully functional and the dream, backed by investments running into billions, came to a standstill. Chasing a White Horse is a search of the traces left behind by the authoritarian ruler.