1981, San Pietroburgo (Russia)
The same way as the prehistoric continent Baltica was born from fragments of mainland, I try to revive the continent of my youth, built up with fragments of memories and emotions. I explore how the passage of time transforms the perception of things I have lived through. I reveal a story of a small punk community that was a shelter for us, adolescents growing up in the 90s, a period of dramatic change for Russia. Growing up is very much like searching for a homeland. We trip over things during the journey and bring with us only what we want to be part of us. A desperate desire to escape the tension of not knowing where we belong. Looking back now, 10 years after, I see that I still belong to the continent of my youth, that made me who I am.
A LANDSLIDE (2016-2017)
The project reflects on migration, cultural displacement, attempted assimilation and on reappropriation of one’s identity. The metaphor of a “landslide” indicates a phenomenon of inner rupture due to the loss of pre-existing equilibrium.
This work reveals my personal “failure” in adapting to the culture of the country, Italy, that I emigrated to twelve years ago from Russia. The trauma, difficult to overcome, has forced me to reconstruct a landscape I could connect to. Obsessive shooting on the streets of the Bologna neighbourhood where I live produced an unexpected result. A world of gazes, gestures, objects (a photographic inventory “of the excluded”) looks much more like an Eastern European reality than an Italian one.
I reflect on the possibilities of overcoming an inner division between “old” and “new” identities. This division that society has forced me to experience isn’t a part of my true self. Balancing between two universes, I find my own stability by means of the construction of a new “citizenship” that I create through a mosaic of images that come together from two worlds to form one landscape.
A Landslide is a photographic installation and a book.