From German ancestors born in Kyrgyzstan, in a small village close to the capital Bishkek, Irina Unruh always kept intense memories of her childhood during the Soviet Union time. In 1988 at the age of 9 years her family immigrated to Germany. There she finished her school and university education. After university she went several times abroad and worked mostly as a German teacher in different countries. For five years she used to live and work in Rome until August 2018. There she began to expand her passion for photography and started to develop seriously in the field of documentary photography and participated in courses and workshops with well-known photojournalists, including Monika Bulaj.Over the time she returned regularly to Kyrgyzstan, to find out more about this fascinating and unknown country, with the eyes of an adult. Since 2015, Irina Unruh started to portray it photographically and to work on two long-term projects.