DICTIONARY

ARENA: MIND CONFLICT
Kartsen MEYHOFF
Denmark

BLITZKRIEG
Friedrich KITTLER
Germany

PAINE. MEMORY. A MEMORY-BOOK
Zoya YEROSHOK
Russia

WAR AND PEACE IN TERMS AND DEFINTIONS
Dmitry LOSKUTOV
Russia/Brussels

IMAGE WAR
Sotirios BAHTSETZIS
Greece

REDEMPTION OF THE HOSTAGES
Viacheslav IZMAILOV
Russia

WARS, WAVES, RULERS
Wladimir VELMINSKY
Russia/Germany

HARMONY (WAR SONG)
Yuki HIGASHINO
Japan/Frankfurt

CIVIL WAR
Valery PODOROGA
Russia

INTERPRETATIONS
Oleg NIKISHIN
Russia

INFORMATION
Dmitry ROGOZIN
Russia

ZONE INERDITE
Christoph WACHTER
Germany
Mathias JUD
Switzerland/Berlin

CLOWN (AT WAR)
Leo BASSI
Italy/Spain

CIRCLE OF WAR
Arkady BABCHENKO
Russia

CONCEPT - UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Oleg ARONSON
Russia

CORPORATION
Uzochukwu NDUKA
Nigeria

CAT-NOTATION
Joulia STRAUSS
Russia /Berlin

FACES OF TERROR
Anthony BEEVOR
UK

IMAGE OF AN ENEMY
Ljubov VINOGRADOVA
Russia

UN: CONDITIONS FOR PEACE
Vladimir PETROVSKY
Russia

REFUSAL
Roman SCHMIDT
Germany

HEROISM
Boris LEONOV
Russia

ANCESTORS
Nikolay PLUZHNIKOV
Russia

SERGEANT KOSOV: PEACEMAKER
German VINOGRADOV
Russia

RADICAL SIMPLIFICATION
Andrey TKACHENKO
Russia

SNIPER
Jakob BOESKOV
Denmark/NY

STRATEGIC CONFLICT PREVENTION
Anton IVANOV
Russia

LEVEL OF DISPERSION. ASHES
Ilya PLEKHANOV
Russia

FINANCIAL WAR (EX-VASION)
Sigudrur INGOLFSSON
Iceland

PRIVATE WAR
Obrad SAVIC
Serbia/UK

SHALAMOV:WAR/CAMP
Mikhail RYKLIN
Russia

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PAIN. MEMORY. A MEMORY-BOOK

Zoya Yeroshok

Concept: When oblivion is the main sentence passed on people in the War of the State against them, the heroic act of a human would amount to leaving of a trace, a piece of memory

 

To feel the pain of the others. To transmit memory through the generation. To create something that surpasses pain and memory to others who even do not know us. We are speaking here of an act of heroism that was performed during one nameless war – the inner war that the Soviet State lead against the people. That war had its own captives and victims. Its field of action was the whole country turned into the systems of camps. One of such systems occupied a territory as big as France and was called Karlag. We are speaking of a document here and of piece of evidence. Of a little book in the size of a palm of a hand.  This little book tells a story of a meteo-little-devil (“meteo-chertik”, an  alter-ego of the author, possibly of Olga Ranitzkaya who worked at the meteo-station in Karlag). At first in the ciphered minimalist drawing the artist tells to her son (To Sahka who is not with me) a sad lyric story of a little-devil who lives very far away at the meteo-station and has to do his work correctly, but then gradually by 1941 the book changes into a document, an accusation of the Stalin’s regime.

The war waged by Stalin was connected with the forcing out of the whole groups of population not just from out of their habitat but into oblivion. Theirs was the punishment by oblivion. The regime sent people to where behind the borders of fear and pain human memory stopped working, the word stopped reaching. To create something on the spot that is able to transgress pain and fear, that finds a universally eligible form for horror  - is to create a work of art where there can be no art. It is to create a condensate of memory. And thus it is not without reason that the book has a name of “Days and labors” like that of Hesiod. As if weaving one individual fate into the fate and memory of humanity. This little book transmits one person’s fate to all of us and takes one witness before an enormous and attentive audience. Gradually this story brings into the whirlwind of the journalist investigation new fates, names, memories, details and the testimony of the living and the dead affiliated with each other. This overcomes the noise-of-oblivion, reconnects the time’s links, gives a new portrait to the country, proving that even a fate of one man is already much.