Raycenter

2013 10.08 – 29.08 Krasnopresnensky sugar refining factory art center, Moscow

Photography series
Dimension: 40 x 60 cm
Production: 2012 – 2013

A typical back of beyond from the standpoint of large city inhabitants looks like this: a concrete modernist stele with an emblem and welcome on the gateway road and not less meaningful ‘Good journey!’ on its exit way, roads with a last repairing made half a century ago, Soviet street spilling over to Lenin square smoothly. Most of these towns are inseparably linked with villages and other neighboring rural settlements, agrarian and urban traits are intertwined into firstly paradoxical but solid, if to get accustomed to, organism. Small towns now are likely to be insustrial places with rural living conditions, ruined buildings of former factory shops and blown out signal lights of tall plant chimneys.

These towns usually functioning as district centers are not common in public consciousness. The most attention is paid to villages: social tradegies, joblessness, depression are in focus of bloggers and media, regional centers with theirs facades of main streets also appear in news as image makers for whole regions. However, small towns have only one function of interchange station with an express to main cities vicinities delayed somewhere and for ever for some of its inhabitants. It is considered that small towns are places for marginal who could not integrate in big cities’ communities or for whom who got a place at local levels of so–called vertical of authority.

Small towns are too far from the rest world and everything here becomes exaggerated and gets in your eyes straightly with biting sarcasm: social differentiation, ruins of a bygone era and dreams found in school essays.

District centers in spite of geographical and climate differences form the metaphysical view of post–Soviet area, invariable in different countries and places, without urbanization and ecological tourism yet, but with production sites, income sources and lives already destroyed.

Raycenter is a homophone of Russian word that means district center.