Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

 

Regular readers of Yellowtrace would be well aware I’m utterly obsessed with Abandoned buildings. I find it impossible to look at neglected spaces without a whole bunch of mixed emotions bubbling to the surface – a sense of wonder, confusion, awe, curiosity…

Abandoned buildings capture a pervasive melancholic atmosphere of strange and baffling beauty. There is something so incredibly mesmerising about the decay of pristine spaces, and the idea how space becomes full of character because someone stopped caring about its character in the first place. Anyway, if you’re keen to know about my fascination with the Abandoned, I suggest you revisit this article.

So, it goes without saying I was incredibly intrigued when I came across young Moscow-based photographer Danila Tkachenko’s project dubbed Monuments.

 

Related: Stories On Design // Empty & Abandoned Buildings.

 

Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

Abandoned Russian Monuments Reimagined & Documented by Danila Tkachenko | Yellowtrace

 

Tkachenko’s fascinating project researches the boundaries of historical memory – that elusive space that exists somewhere between fact and fiction. “As in the case of political regimes in general, every single one of us is individually inclined to exploit images of the past for the sake of our current needs or future goals,” says the young artist. “We come up with new interpretations and build additional structures to manipulate images of history.”

For this project, Tkachenko has turned his attention to abandoned Russian Orthodox churches. “They were all abandoned at the same time – in 1917, after the Russian revolution,” he says.

Tkachenko creates various lightweight structures on his chosen historical sites, each one featuring an abstract modernist shape in black. “During the filming, not a single site suffered,” concludes the artist. ”At the end of the work, all the decorations were dismantled.”

 

See more abandoned buildings & spaces on Yellowtrace here.

 


[Images © Danila Tkachenko.]

 

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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