With Everyone’s Imagination Atrophied, No One Will Ever be a Threat to the World

2012, 2014, 2017

Series of unique installations featuring wall-size photographic prints (destroyed after exhibition), wall text, site-specific sound recordings (circa 10:00), armchair

The work stems from personal reflections on abandoned country estates (“usad’ba” in Russian) in the Moscow and St. Petersburg area. Built primarily between the 18th and early 20th centuries, these were either permanent or summer residences of wealthy Russian families that were appropriated by the Soviet State after the 1917 revolution. Often they were converted into hospitals or recreational facilities but many were eventually left to ruin.

This installation has been presented on four different occasions, the last one in cooperation with designer Daria Makarenko.

“Beautiful and melancholic image- and sound installation”. Clemens Poellinger, art critic

“A time machine, a baroque installation.” Elena Fanailova, poet and journalist