Exhibition "Last Address / 5 years" 17/11/2018 automatic translate
с 21 Ноября
по 16 Декабря
Государственный музей архитектуры имени А.В. Щусева
ул. Воздвиженка, д.5/25
State Museum of Architecture named after A.V. Shchuseva presents the exhibition “Last address / 5 years”, dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the project.
Five years ago, the independent journalist Sergey Parkhomenko and the head of the Memorial Society, Arseny Roginsky, together with their colleagues, came up with the Last Address project, which perpetuates the memory of victims of repression. The sign itself - a metal plate the size of a little more than a postcard mounted on the wall of a house - was designed by architect Alexander Brodsky during a workshop that was supervised by Evgeny Ass.
Since then, more than 800 characters with names have been installed - more than in 40 cities and villages of Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. And about every home that became someone’s last address, about every person whose address it was - information was found and posted on the project’s website. More than two thousand applications have been registered, and these applications are being added every day. And this is done on a voluntary basis - with permission, but without the help of the state. The “Last Address” is a rare to-day initiative from below, conceived and implemented by the citizens themselves.
And as a public initiative, the “Last Address” turns out to be a cast of not only memory, but also of today. The attitude to tablets reflects one of the main conflicts in the life of modern Russia - the clash between the person-centered perception of the world and the view that we have taken root in that “the state is not wrong”. This conflict is reproduced in a reduced but not relaxed form around almost every house, every object where the “Last Address” applicants go with their signs hoping to coordinate their installation with homeowners or building owners.
“One of the main struggles of today is on the territory of eighty years ago - the ratio of positions on the events of that time turns out to be a mirror of what is happening in Russia now,” said Anna Narinskaya, the curator of the exhibition. It is around this idea that an exhibition dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the “Last Address” is built. This is a video installation constructor that reproduces in a concentrated form the life of the project in our “today”, going from the utmost documentality in each particular plot to a generalization and even a metaphor.
“Last address / 5 years”: a maze of video, audio and font animation that deconstructs, and then again brings together the installation history of the tablet. The Shell, invented by Nadia Korbut and Kirill Assom for documentary sketches created by Elena Vanina and Kirill Kulagin in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm makes the viewer an accomplice to this action, which - no doubt - reflects how much society is ready to work with memory today.
Exactly the same as the applicants of the Last Address extend their hands to the past, “pulling out” from oblivion (and perpetuating on the tablets) the names of innocent victims, our exhibition presents the closure and even the interpenetration of the past and the present.
The author of the idea is Sergey Parkhomenko
Directors documentaries - Elena Vanina, Kirill Kulagin
Audio Installations - Theater.doc
Architects - Nadia Korbut and Kirill Ass
With the support of the Memorial Society
Information partner of the project - Silver Rain