The project «Monuments» researches the boundaries of historical memory, the area between fact and fiction. As in the case of political regimes in general, every single one of us is individually inclined to exploit images of the past for the sake of our current needs or future goals. We come up with new interpretations and build additional structures to manipulate images of past history. I have been using abandoned orthodox churches in this project. They were all abandoned at the same time – in 1917 after the Russian revolution. I erect lightweight structures on abandoned historical sites in abstract modernist shapes. During the filming not a single site suffered. At the end of the work, all the decorations were dismantled.
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