GEORGIA. 2015. Zemo Adjara. Village Ghorjomi. Tamro, dresses for her sister's engagement party.

GEORGIA. 2015. Zemo Adjara. Village Ghorjomi. Tamro, dresses for her sister's engagement party. 


Ongoing Photo Project 

“Getting Married Young” 

(early marriages in Georgia) 

When I was 12-13 years old, I remember my classmate got married, I didn’t understand what that meant, but I felt disturbed. I didn’t see her after that, years to come.  


Early marriages is unacknowledged issue within the country, albeit in the eyes of the government or that of society.  

One of the main reasons I started this project was when I found out that Georgia has one of the highest rates of early marriages in Europe. Born and based in Georgia the news was new for me.  

Traveling to regions where there is bad economic situation , where high percent of the woman have not finished school, I think it is important to understand why early marriages occur mainly in remote villages. Girls whose mothers, grandmother and great grandmothers married at a young age, thinking that it is a way of life. 

While working on the project many questions started to arise; When is it right to interfere in the girls lives and let them understand the value of education? How and in what way can it be done? The young women already married, will they want to hear you speak about the issue?  

The first photograph I showed to the Georgian public was a photo that demonstrated a seventeen-year old at her wedding, having only met her soon–to–be husband, in his mid twenties, on the day of their engagement. As tears dropped from her eyes, dancing in front of her house, the dance demonstrated a farewell to her family, before the wedding ceremony. A situation far too real across Georgia, in which girls — too young to comprehend marriage — are sent off by families to be wed with little–to–no schooling, and will never have the opportunity, again, to continue any form of formal education.  

Whence placing this photograph on social media, the response was big, hitting both ends of the spectrum. The greatest opposers of the work were ethnic minority groups, demanding the photo be taken down. Yet, the photo had created what did not exist previously: a framework or platform for citizens to comment and debate on the issue at hand.  

My project is about understanding the many questions that arise when you marry at a young age, what can be the solution and how it can be approached. 

My goal is to interview and photograph: 

- girls who live under the environment of family members married at a young age.  

- girl that are married at early age. 

- girl who are already married. 

At the end of the project I want to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and views, where young girls will have the opportunity to share their thought between each other anonymously if desired. I believe this kind of platform will give the people the opportunity to bring this issue under public focus and generate a discussion. 



Daro Sulakauri | Photojournalist  

Based in Caucaus.  

Currently in Georgia, Republic. 

Available for Assignments. 

Mobile (int) + 995 595 400 125