Out of Place
This photo&video installation was developed as a continuation of a previous project Landscapes of Nizhniy Novgorod, Part I. The installation consisted from six photographic prints and video.
This project focuses on the function of urban palimpsest and investigates new ways of “reading” and “interpreting” cities. Historically the word “palimpsest” was used to describe certain artefacts – manuscript pages from which the text has been scrapped and which can be used again. Later on the trace of the erased text reappeared through the centuries as iron in the remaining ink reacted with oxygen. Starting from the 19th century palimpsest was widely used in a metaphorical sense (particularly in psychoanalysis, literary criticism and postcolonial studies).
Being put into an archival box, the photos look similar to the objects found on the shelves of history museums. In a way they are small museums themselves – the museums of neglected national identity… [Read more]