Unheimlich. 2015

Total installation

Sigmund Freun in his essay "Unheimlich", written in 1919, studies the etymology of the word "heimlich", whose meaning goes from "domestic", "usual", "secluded" to "hidden", "secret", and almost merges with its opposition – "unheimlich", "sinister". Freud comes to the conclusion that it is something common, everyday that is sinister.

Lookingat the tragic events of the last year in the post-Soviet area I often questioned myself: where do all these national-patriotic ideas that provoke wars come from. It seemed that the Soviet Union, due to the total standartization,overcame all the ethnic problems because people people living on all the huge territory of the country had the some same problems and almost the same conditions of life. For the Soviet person the national identity turned into some kind of decoration, as a national pattern of the ornament. However, even before the breakup of the Soviet Union some ethnic conflicts started and some of them continue to emerge until now. One can become aware of his identity by comparing himself with the "other". The same thing is going on with the "other", which inevitably leads to conflicts and wars. 

Where is the nostalgia of the "lost grandeur" hiding? Probably, one should follow Freud and search for the sinister (unheimlich) in the "domestic", "usual", "secluded".

Installation for the exhibition "War museum", Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art

Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Private collection, Czech Republic

Unheimlich. 2015, installation. Private collection, Czech Republic