Behind the Certain,
photo book, 24 × 31 cm,
Behind the Certain is a project attempting to explore the relationship between city and theatre. Theatrical performance and the life of a city’s everyday routine have similarities in their repetitiveness. When it comes to the concept of a stage, the curtain becomes a separation between fiction and reality. The way of documentation in this photobook is inspired by the concept of Epic theatre by the German playwrighter, theatre director and poet Bertold Brecht.
The central idea is about empowering the spectators to watch critically, rather than just leaning back in their seat and passively consuming the performance. He uses different methods, such as breaks in the action, shifts of scenes and locations, showing the technics and mechanics of the production, to make audience aware, that it is not some illusion of reality, but something constructed, artificial, that was put on purpose, because it was relevant for the reality of the people watching it.
The book is a collection of photographs of the common Falschfaçade (false fronts), that were taken in Moscow in 2019. These simulacra opens questions about the intersection of possible pasts, presents, or futures. The book is a walk through different sceneries of the city, while attempting to defamiliarize the existing reality.