The exhibition is a time capsule inspired by the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude who used to wrap monuments, buildings, bridges, trees and rivers. They altered the outside space by wrapping outdoor objects to imply “value, that the object is worthy of such attention”. We adopted their artistic method and turned it inside out to convey special value to the content inside of wrapped space. This room is presented as a time capsule filled with invisible substance. It’s preserved rebellion energy that has been accumulating for the last 25 years. We have arrived at this idea by working on a documentary project called putschyourself.org videoing oral history interviews and collecting documents from the three days of the Soviet Coup d’état of 1991.
The take over the power by the communist hardliners determined to stop Perestroika reforms and the consequent civil protest in defence of democracy had changed the course of history and the map of the world. Yet, this pivotal event had somehow become redundant or even condemned. For us it was important to free the memories of the Coup days and the uprising from ideological camouflage by collecting pure pieces of oral history.
Through conducting numerous putschyourself.org interviews we had discovered that access to those memories was often barred and to obtain them we had to force interviewees to draw a mental picture of their lives in 1991 by asking simple questions like Did you have a tea or a coffee that morning? What did you have for breakfast? Did you listen to radio? And that’s when people began to dig up their very own memories. At this point we registered rebellion energy exuding from them.
The project was launched in 2011 with a documentary animation “PUTSCHYOURSELF. Soviet Coup. 10 stories” https://vimeo.com/27700288