Rena Effendi Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams - a chronicle of lives along the pipeline

British Petroleum commissioned Rena Effendi to photograph the people and places along the oil pipeline in Azerbaijan. The work was supposed to highlight the results of the oil company’s social engagement. The reality is very different, however. The people do not profit even remotely from the wealth that lies underneath their land. To uncover the story behind the smiling PR faces, Effendi decided to make a photographic journey along the 1,700-kilometre long oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.