List of the works in the show:
1. Kurchatov 22, 2012, 5 channels HD video installation, surround sound by OMFO, 14m x 2 m.
2. Exodus, 2009, Hd video, single screen, sound by OMFO, 3m X 2m
3. Milk for Lambs, 2010, Hd video, single screen, sound by OMFO 3m X 2m
about "Kurchatov 22":
five-channel video installation, sound surround.
14 m x 3 m
Sound by OMFO
"Kurchatov 22", a five-channel video installation with surround sound, was shot in the
heartland of the former "Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union", formally known to insiders
by its code name Kurchatov 22 (or Moscow 400, Bereg, Semipalatinsk-21, Stanciya
Konechnaya), a secret territory with the size 18,500 square kilometers in the North
West of Kazakhstan, established under the strict control of Joseph Stalin and L.
(Lavrenti) Beria in 1948.
During a period of 40 years, this place was an experimental field for military and
scientific research with 456 above ground and below ground nuclear tests (in total,
2500 times more powerful than were dropped on Hiroshima). In addition to the nuclear
bombs, about 600 thermonuclear and dozens of hydrodynamic and hydro nuclear
devices were also tested at this site over time. These nuclear tests were experiments,
not only affecting the environment, plants and animals, but included deliberately the
local population, mainly indigenous Kazakhs and unknowing Soviet workers who were
cohabitating in the area of Kurchatov 22.
This video installation combines, historical facts and footage and current eyewitness
reports in form of interviews, of a population still living at the site of this ‘colonial
experiment’ of a totalitarian past with contemporary props, models and actresses and
their staged performances woven into a visual concept of a present day reality and
collective memory. The work investigates memory as a collective living organism, the
Egregore of a community and cultural society, and its deep psychological impact on the
formation of the political and social developments in the post-Soviet era and its physical