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This Russian Guy Set A Village On Fire And Then Photographed It For Art

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This Russian Guy Set A Village On Fire And Then Photographed It For Art

Motherland is a project by Danila Tkechenko that involves lighting abandoned Russian villages on fire.

No, Tkechenko isn't some violent hoodlum with a penchant for pyrotechnics. This is both art and a protest. By lighting the villages on fire, he hopes to remind viewers of how a history of poor governmental decisions still affect his country today.

Still confused? It might help to understand the history here. In Russia, village life has been almost entirely eradicated due to forced collectivization in the 1920s and 30s. In an attempt to erase traditional social structure, the government forcibly relocated citizens to collective living locations and seized their food and land.

The forced relocation caused at least 7 million people to die due to famine.

About 20 years later, the USSR Academy of Construction and Architecture implemented another forced relocation. This was the final nail in the coffin of Russia's rural culture. With no one left to keep the towns alive, village life ended.

According to Tkechenko, these last 20 years have been even harder on village and agricultural life. At this point, it's not uncommon to find abandoned villages in the countryside.

The government doesn't show interest in developing agriculture, so Tkechenko decided to burn the forgotten villages for art.

Find more of Tkechenko's work here.

Via Slavorum

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