Series

Russia

17 December 2013

I work shifts in the Catholic cathedral where the medical emergency site is located. The wave of injuries is subsiding—now it’s just minor problems, small wounds. I take a break and think about finishing the bottle of alcohol we used to sterilize the camera—but then I simply wash my hands. I’m three weeks sober. It’s unreal, Lou Reed is dead, Mandela is dead, I am in an emergency medical station in my hometown. Is there God? And where is his helmet? More…

25 January 2013

“We have enormous enterprises in our country. Often they monopolize their regions, and so a strike or simply a large industrial action could freeze an entire industry. And if you organize such an action, you risk running into a brutal response. From the owners and from the authorities. But it happens that milder measures don’t work. Then you need to choose: take a risk or keep your mouth shut.” More…

19 December 2012

But at my show there were posters that said, for example, “Let Us Free Russia from Putin,” and after seeing stuff like that the cops simply had to take us in. Nonetheless, I have to say I was happy with the police’s reaction to my work, how carefully they looked through the pieces, and how they asked me to leave them some posters as keepsakes.” More…

3 December 2012

On Saturday, November 24st, 2012, hundreds of prisoners at Penal Colony No.6 in Kopeisk, Russia walked out onto the roofs of the prison with banners in order to protest the horrific conditions inside. The signs, some of them allegedly written in blood, plead for help. The protest led to a violent confrontation between the police and the prisoners’ relatives gathered outside the prison gates. Three witnesses say what they saw. More…