OF TIME AND MEMORY
Memories. Memories blur into dreams. Light brings them to truth. Everything unforgiving.
Everything becoming hallow. Loneliness consumes and there is no way back. The places you
played, the places you called home, the people you thought you loved, all of them, reduced
to a memory of another life. A life you never lived. All the yesterdays that came from
tomorrow, all the tomorrows that never came from yesterday. A new beginning because
forever is never forever."
“Of time and memory” is a personal body of work. It is my attempt to refresh recollections
from my childhood and to better understand the meaning and the power of an era that not
only has shaped the life and being of my parents and grandparents but has also left its
marks on me and those around me.
Of time and memory is an ongoing project. It is a cultural study of how history has defined
and determined post Soviet culture and how this culture has defined and determined society.
These photographs explore the psychological and physical spaces of humans in a climate of
disbelieve and lack on confidence. Among others, the project focuses on the influence of
communism on ordinary people’s visual culture. Particularly interesting is the link between
totalitarianism and kitsch, especially domestic kitsch. Back in Soviet times, kitsch was the
most common and only affordable form of aesthetics.
It is truly fascinating to observe how the zeitgeist of an epoch affects people’s perception of
reality and dictates their decision of what to see as aesthetical and stylish and what to mark
as visually unattractive.
It is even more remarkable when the influence of a certain period of time is so dominant that
development or form change might be perceived as annoying or even undesirable.
Twenty years have passed since the fall of the Soviet Union. For the young generation of the
former member countries this period of time could seem as long as eternity. But the harsh
totalitarian regime of Bolshevism has dictated people’s life for a long, long time and has left
its marks on every aspect of their being. It has changed their culture, their perceptions, their
mentality and even their memories. As a result, a new form of human existence has
emerged. Today, traces and consequences of this epoch are still vivid everywhere.
And though, as it always happens in life, time heals all wounds. Step by step, even the
harshest memories fade away. Forms and figures disappear to be replaced by new patterns
and elements of contemporary life.