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Short film
23 min 30 sec. Colour. 4K. Widescreen.

Installation view.
The seats reminiscent of the ‘Barrikady’ cinema in Kaliningrad, once a blooming place of an underground artistic scene in the 00s, recently went under possesion of Russian Orthodox Church and dismantled with the building itself. 
Installation has a wide 4×1.5 m screen and three rows of seats. Russian and English subtitles provided.
180×100 cm film poster is digitally printed on an old fabric and assembled from three pieces. It’s a nod to traditional posters made by ‘Reklamfilm’ for the cinema theaters like ‘Barrikady’.
‘The mysterious Kaliningrad publishing house is preparing to move to Moscow. But a conflict is brewing in the leadership, and Roskomizdat is dragging its feet on documents. Discontent grows inside the team, and the long-forbidden question is asked out loud: who Glushchenko really was?’

A short film shot in Kaliningrad in the summer of 2020 by Pionerskkurortfilm for the 2nd Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Garage Museum.
Order No. 250

‘MOSCOW LIGHTS’ (Archives)

Film is deeply rooted in the local context of Kaliningrad history. As a part of traditional ‘promo’ I’ve made a series of prints with archival images from the 1970s–1980s, as well as photos from the film sets.

On the photo: (1) Exhibition of Leningrad avangard artists in the Kaliningrad Art Gallery, 1989. (2) House of Soviets, 1981. (3) New pharmacy on the Novopregolskaya emb., 1979.

In film publishing house is located inside the ‘House of trade unions’. Once beautiful modernist building with an open yard inside, beloved by the late 80s young scaters, today is fenced and ‘renovated’, gone is the open ground floor.
(1) House of trade unions, 1985.

‘Moscow Lights’ is the name of a restaurant on Moscow Avenue.

(1) Moscow Avenue, Kalinigrad, 1984.
All actors in film are from the Kaliningrad Drama Theater. On the photo: (1) Tatyana Rogacheva plays the role of Olga Zilova, director of the publishing house. It’s her movie debut.

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Exhibition and a lecture at the bar.
Acrylic paint on the wall, 4000×3500 mm. Prints No. 159–162, 1000×700 mm (edition of 10 copies).
Gluschenkoizdat, 2021.

Order No. 150


ISBN 9–785990–951914.
Softcover, 200×260 mm, 320 pages, 500 copies. English.
Gluschenkoizdat, 2017
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THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW (by Owen Hatherley): This wonderful book documents the architectural results of another Soviet anniversary – the celebrations of the centenary of Lenin’s birth in Ulyanovsk, formerly Simbirsk, the small city on the Volga where he was born. Told by the authorities in Moscow that the ‘door would be open’ for them to modernise their mainly wooden, one-storey, Tsarist city for the duration of the celebrations, and that they’d close it immediately when it was over, the local Party rushed to build a Museum, a Library, a Palace of Culture, housing, an Airport and the high-rise Hotel Venets before the tap of money and resources was turned off. In its first year of opening, two Poles, 70 Britons, and more than 3,000 East Germans arrived to stay in the Hotel Venets, and we get to read the inventory of difficult questions they answered (‘can we see how people live in those little wooden houses?’), and find out how hotel staff took it out on the guests. 

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Website. 50,000 copies. Russian.
Gluschenkoizdat, 2020