109 km around Moscow

2013 10.10 – 12.10 Artplay, Moscow

Photography series
20 x 30; 60 x 90

One-channel video
Duration: 1h 42’ 00”
Camera/sound: Alexander Minchenko
Thanks to Sergey Pudalov for assistance

All roads lead to Moscow. To be convinced of this, it is enough to look at any map.

‘How to pass by Moscow?’ – a popular question which appears hundred times a day on many forums under different topics – from travelling to automobile. ‘By MKAD’ – the simplest way, in spite of kilometers–long jams, complicated interchanges and the fear of megalopolis.

First highway in the country, the Moscow automobile ring road (MKAD), is determined the boundaries of the city for many years.

A special elite zone was formed inside it with, protected by obligatory residence permit. Neither boundaries extension in the mid–80s, nor the New Moscow territories joined in 2011 could tackle the existing convention. The symbolic boundary is set on the ring road as before.

Every day half a million vehicles transit through Moscow. Majority of theirs passengers have never visited to Moscow and will hardly go there as tourists. The only Moscow they can see from cars and buses is a mix of lighting points of streetlamps, white steam of power stations cooling towers, shopping centers, dormitory suburbs and an endless forest belt.