The memory of the people to live forever

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The Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk, demolished in connection with the construction of a new museum (1964 - 2014) Paper, lithography. 62х94 cm

“Here is a part of something old and here’s a part of something older, it’s quite common to forget, then to remember and try to collect everything from scratch.
Interpretation, narration, recollection. Romantic ruins. The most famous and the closest example of Palmyra is the Maskoūski bus station in Minsk.
Obedience to the strong, heavy memories of the weak.
The black market of art brings ISIS millions of dollars; these revenues are second only to oil sales. Thousands of art objects cross the border and stay in European and American collectors’ pockets.
Another deal is returning or filling a void. Kind of saving from destruction and forgetting, by expropriating and using this destruction and forgetting. Then, to exhibit in a big and beautiful museum, to make up history, to draw a horizon. Later, to return this “history” to the weak, which can be even sold or ransomed.
What former colonies are filled with is a silent emptiness. Give it your “tongue” and teach it how to speak, and you will become the best friend who is always there.
My optics are like that, I’m all for ghosts, for flashing pictures, that are different and always stay together.
For “mute” images and expressive material. Concrete, granite, rocks.
You turn around, and they’re standing in a row, staring at you. I want pictures to go up and up, to look and remain silent”.