Shot in Zaporizhia, 2010
in collaboration with Victoria Myronyuk
Thomas More's neologism "Utopia" intentionally signified the ambiguity of meaning. Eutopia, on the one hand, it is good, happy place, and on the other – Outopia – nonexistent one. And in More´s context it appears indivisible fromthe category of Space. As we remember from the work of the sixteenth century, first of all, Utopia is an island inhabited by an ideal society, which later began to symbolize the idea of inaccessibility.
Aesthetics of “sotsmistechko” (socialistic township) - residential urban areas, which were built in the 1930s in various cities of the USSR, is closely linked with social utopianism. These were closed settlements with regular planning, fixed population and houses with several plants, which postulated the latest achievements of Constructivists. It was usually located close to industrial enterprises.
Sotsmisto – is the territory of fantasy which dreamt about the cancellation of any racial, class differences and build of community of equals. This is the area of unfulfilled desires, plans, dreams that turned into the atavism of the past.
The photo project "Construction of Utopy" is walk through the former ideal architectural structure of Sotsmisto of Zaporizhia, which is trying to play a utopian poetics and at the same time to demonstrate aesthetics of post-utopian.Abandoned factories with apocalyptic interiors, shabby walls of buildings symbolize the failure of utopy and act as points of a system that no longer exists. The view of the project focuses on the spatial perception of the city and itsinteraction with a human being. And this view belongs to a generation that lives in the epoch of cyberpunk and for which “soviet” exists in the form of fallen architectural remnants.