interventions

Spiritual unity

2013

Interventions in abandoned buildings on Kotlin Island, Russia.
Chalk powder, white waterbased paint and tin foil.
In collaboration with NCCA St. Petersburg + Pelmini Collective.

Video documentation: collection State Museum of the history of St. Petersburg.

 

Kotlin is a Russian island in the Gulf of Finland, which is connected with St. Petersburg by a dam. Because of this strategic location, Peter the Great decided around 1704 to surround this island, which he took from Sweden, with forts and to build a naval base to protect St. Petersburg against invasions of Sweden and England. Until the ’90s of the 20th century, the island as a military object was not accessible by foreigners and not even for Russian civilians without an official invitation. After the Soviet era, post-Soviet transformations began to slowly change the urban and landscape environments on the island. In 2013, when I was an artist-in-residence here, many military objects were abandoned and subject of neglect and unintended use by homeless people. My interventions located the most silent rooms inside the buildings I explored. The interventions were performed anonymously and without any announcement. They will be seen only by other people who sneak in these abandoned buildings.

Fort Shantz

 

Sisters of Mercy Sanatory

 

Open air theater stage

 

 

 

 

 

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