The « Roots » photo series was born out of a personal need to reconnect with my native country, Moldova. The last five years I made several trips visiting different parts of the country, observing the everyday life of its inhabitants. My encounter with them captivated me in a multitude of ways : their manners’ simplicity and strength, their assured posture, but also their pervasively melancholic gaze. I wanted to expore Moldova as a place that fosters contradictory feelings of joy and sadness, pleasure and regret, confidence and fear ; where the everyday struggle is very much present alongside the will to keep on. A place though where seemingly contradictory mental states are ultimately undivided.