INCRUSTATION

The work was created in 2021. 

The forests on the border of the Leningrad region and Karelia are rich not only in mushrooms and berries. The earth and trees keep traces of the past left by people. Often you can see barbed wire that has grown into tree trunks, goes into the ground or stretched between trunks. Sometimes it seems that it grows right out of the ground. We have to look for a workaround, because it is impossible to pass if there are no shoes with strong soles.

Barbed wire remained here for several reasons: SVIRLAG (Svirsky ITL) was organized on September 17, 193, directly subordinated to the GULAG OGPU. The office was located in Lodeynoye Pole, Leningrad Region. Closed no later than July 1937. The maximum one-time number of prisoners is 47,400 people. The Great Patriotic War. For almost three years (1941-1944), which the Finns occupied the right bank of the Svir River, they created a fortified, deeply echeloned defense line. And the kilometers of barbed wire on this coast, which still perform their function, for the most part, remained from it.

In both cases, barbed wire was used to stop people. The thorn, like nothing else, is associated with restrictions, fear, and insecurity. Although it is a natural process for objects to grow into trees, it is the barbed wire, designed to stop the living, that makes you think and feel vulnerable. People get used to injuries and restrictions caused by fear and uncertainty or imposed by meaningless directives. And in this we are like trees with thorns. wire inside. Drawing an analogy between trees and people, between forest and society, we see a reflection of the modern world.

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