Russian Guy Set A Village On Fire And Then Photographed It For Art
This Russian guy decided to set n entire village on fire and then photograph it for art. Yes, this is his explanation, and where else could something like this happen if not in Russia? Only in Russia would such a thing be possible and this is why such an artistic project is making headlines all over the world.
Danila Tkechenko is the Russian artist behind this project called Motherland. To sum up his project in just a few words, Danila walks around rural Russia and sets abandoned villages on fire in order to raise awareness on governmental neglect.
His art is a shocking protest against what the Russian government did, or better said, what the government didn’t do.
The historic decisions taken by Russia’s leaders throughout history have affected the lives of millions and millions of people all around the Soviet Union. Due to forced collectivization in the 1920’s and 1930’s, most of Russia’s villages have been abandoned in order to build the new socialist sate.
The government started relocating peasants into small and large cities and placed them in factories to work for the state. Local and national authorities seized everything they had so people were forced to work for the state, having no other choice.
It is estimated that around 7 million people died due to famine caused by forced relocation in poor living conditions.
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Danila Tkechenko says that the past 20 years have been incredibly hard for Russia’s agriculture and rural life, with abandoned villages being found all across the vast land. And you can imagine that there’s a lot to see, considering that Russia’s the world’s biggest country based on the surface it covers.
Since the government can’t be ‘bothered’ with these problems, the artist decided to burn villages down in order to raise awareness on this key issue. What’s you opinion about this artistic project?