Every spring billions of flowers are planted on the streets, squares and boulevards. Flower beds, shrubs and other items of the urban landscaping program decorate the approaches to government and law enforcement agencies, pleasing to the eye. A pink flower cloud instills in the citizens peace, a sense of security and confidence in their future – the facade of the state should be beautiful. This summer I’ve picked flowers near the buildings where law enforcement agencies are located, squeezed the juice from these petals, applied and printed portraits of political prisoners on the paper. The list of political prisoners was compiled by the Human Rights Centre “Memorial”. The color of each photo depends on the flower bed, the inflorescences of which it is printed on, and it is obvious that in the palette pale lilac and pink tones are dominated. An exception is the green portrait of Irina Slavina, a journalist who was persecuted by the authorities and who committed suicide by self-immolation near the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, leaving a note “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death”. Her portrait was printed with an emulsion from the leaves of ornamental plants that adorned the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. Under the influence of external factors all images will disappear quickly enough, and the green portrait will disappear first. And these people, whatever they do, even at the cost of their lives, will quickly disappear from our common memory – the pink veil will hide them too. And in winter, when everything is in the snow, we will wait for new landings.
Names of political prisoners in the order of the portraits:
(Row 1 L to R) Pichugin, Dilmukhametov, Kryukov
(Row 2 L to R) Dmitriev, Abdullaev, Kostylenkov
(Row 3 L to R) Sinitsa, Slavina, Shevchenko
(Row 4 L to R) Podkopaev, Sautieva, Boyarishnov
Dimensions of artwork:
Video: 4 min. Camera Denis Mustafin, Elena Artemenko.
Photography: printed on A4 paper, bio-emulsion technique.