2011 24.08 – 08.09 Yampil Regional Museum and a private dwelling on Chornomortsia st, Yampil Vinnytska obl. Ukraine

Installation with light projection

In small regional museums it is interesting to take into account a period that finalizes a museumfication of everyday life, signs of a place, and the border by which the conventional contemporaneity begins. It is clear that the last industry and agricultural achievements’ documentation ends somewhere near 1991 when the USSR collapsed and the museum development practically ceased for at least 10 years.

Sometimes cheap plain inkjet photos telling about further official events of independent Ukraine appear. These cases are rare. However, installations of residential houses’ rooms and their images usually pertain to dates not later than the beginning of 20th century.

By 2011 the residential house where my grandmother lived was unoccupied for some years, the garden and vineyard were cut down and everything was in the state of gradual collapse and disappearance. Old furniture in house’s rooms had aroused interest of Yampil regional museum researchers, and house was opened for visitors at Town day and during a week after it with museum’s support. House itself was erected by typical project of the late 40s as after–war subsidy program. There are three or four similar houses in Yampil district.

Backlit prints with views from house windows photographed some years ago were glued to windowpanes in order to restore the usual appearance inside the house. They transformed an empty yard into flourishing garden. Powerful discharge spotlights were installed outside and focused on the windows to bring the effect of eternal sunny day at any time and weather conditions, like during a motion picture filming process.

The main task of my experiments with museum collaboration was to extend the period of everyday life available to museumfication until now, but the final decision made by museum fellows was positive only because of old furniture from 1910s. The contemporaneity remained transparent for them.

A video documentation with excursions held by museum fellows remained in the museum archive and may appear here sometime.

Another project was done in Moscow with similar equipment later.