(Belgium/Belarus, 2016-2017)

Every time I think of my homeland (Belarus), I am reminded of how wonderfully resourceful and creative the people are. Probably those qualities were inherited - together with tolerance - from the Soviet period. As I was born in 1986, I was a citizen of the Soviet Union for part of my early childhood and I still remember my passport with the hammer and sickle on it and the empty racks in the stores.

This series is based on once predominant DIY culture in the country of my origin that developed in the time of my childhood. As I stage my photographs today, I refer to my memories and nostalgic feelings for the things that I have seen and heard in the past, events that I have participated in.

I am talking about creativity, craftsmanship, diligence and typical recycling that were natural to the people living in conditions of constant shortages. It was a time when one had either to find a way to “snatch” what was needed or to make it out of the accessible materials.

Although today this lifestyle is more often seen in domestic decorations, I am trying to revive in my photographs what once was a vital necessity.

All photographs in edition 4+1AP, 125 x 100 cm, framed.

The Paper Hat

The Lamp

Weight Lifter

The Vase

The Dress

The Potato Picker

The Patchwork

The Umbrella

The Horse

The Flower Pot

Mayonnaise Hair Nest

The Chair

The Chicken House

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