Interventions in abandoned buildings on Kotlin Island, Russia.
Chalk, latex 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 that is home to one of Russia’s most important naval bases. Until the end of the Soviet Union, the island as a whole was a military object and therefore prohibited access for civilians. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the area slowly began to change with the arrival of civilians and tourists. Many historic buildings are now empty and in disrepair.
In 2013 I stayed on the island as part of an Artist in Residence project. Together with the other artists who stayed there at the time, I founded the temporary Pelmini Collective, a group of artists that produced anonymous and unannounced work in the dilapidated buildings. Our works would only be discovered by vagrants and urban explorers.