Drunken Bride

In the peculiar world of the Russian underground, the code of honour dictates that the natural lover of a zek is a 'Natasha,' or prostitute. Yana, prostitute. 24 years-old, has been working on the streets for 7 years. Photo by Donald Weber

In the peculiar world of the Russian underground, the code of honor dictates that the natural lover of a zek is a ‘Natasha,’ or prostitute. Yana, prostitute. 24 years-old, has been working on the streets for 7 years. Photo by Donald Weber

In many ways, Russia is the original cubist state, fractured and always splitting apart, an ideal kept alive by brute force. Russians clearly understand their centripetal fate ­ a fate the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov described as the Pageant of Retreat, the history of a people who wander and lust but cannot deal with either.

This is a document about an intransigent global power, at once keen on employing the latest technologies of surveillance and social control, and yet sentimental about its relationship to a majestic if despoiled natural landscape. We privately show Power at work from its sole visible aspect ­ the dire effects on those cast out from the Motherland, literally and spiritually. We note the growing political and economic gap between the all-powerful center, and the distant, increasingly disenfranchised, edges of Russian society. The heady terror of the Bolsheviks is now the smiley terror of a band of autocrats.

This project looks at “power” from its sole visible aspect, its dire effects on those it has cast out from the Motherland, literally and spiritually.

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