The Shitty Sea

What happens to my garbage after I throw it away?

When I was in kindergarten, there was a cleaning lady who could not cope with her work, and mumbled: "We are all in the shitty sea." At the time I was near the sea but I couldn’t imagine imagine where the place that she spoke of. After many years I came to Moscow and my house was near a huge dump - the size of a 17-story building. Once I climbed to the top and remembered the prophetic words of the cleaning lady. The landscape consisted of colored plastic bags, various candy wrappers, packaging and other garbage, stretched to the horizon.

When I am travelling through Russia, I constantly stumble upon spontaneous dumps of household and construction waste, and, unfortunately, I am reminded of the truth of my cleaning lady. Recent scandals related to new landfill waste have forced me to pay attention to this problem again.

I did an experiment to find out where my trash ends up. With my garbage, I threw out GPS trackers in different areas of Moscow and then traced the entire journey of my garbage. I followed it to a waste recycling plant and to household waste landfills. I created a map in my film with the path of my household garbage. Next I visited the final places where my garbage arrived, which was Waste Sorting Plants and wastelands. Two landfills were outside the Moscow region. I made a film "The Trash trip" and paintings “Landfill Timokhovo” and “Landfill Aleksandrov” where I present the graves of my household garbage. 

 

 

"The Trash Trip". 2019. film. 18'20"

 

 

 

Landfill Aleksandrov. 2019. oil on canvas. 180x260

Landfill Aleksandrov. 2019. oil on canvas. 180x260

 

 

 

Landfill Timokhovo. 2019. oil on canvas. 180x260

Landfill Timokhovo. 2019. oil on canvas. 180x260

 

 

 

Waste. 2020. oil on canvas. 150x200

Waste. 2020. oil on canvas. 150x200

 

 

 

Waste Sorting. 2020. oil on canvas. 180x260

Waste Sorting. 2020. oil on canvas. 180x260

 

 

 

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