For the project «Shoal» I made parts based on representations of the typical post-Soviet landscape in order to install them on the silt banks of the Aral Sea. These days the post-Soviet landscape, constituting a ghost of utopia, epitomises the current mundanity of the countries of the former Soviet Union. The ghosts do not exist in our time, but are instead inhabit space which continues to exist imbued with a new life. The project Shoal represents an attempt to separate the ghostlike space from contemporaneity, transferring it to “nowhere land”, namely to the bottom of a sea that has shrunk by 90%. The Aral Sea, at one point the fourth largest sea in the world, fell victim to the utopian regime and disappeared together with this regime, leaving behind a blank space.
Danila Tkachenko ©