Zine series “A book about Moscow”
About the project
Three photobook zines about Moscow five-story buildings and the renovation program, created as part of the collective workshop “Let's do it: a book about Moscow”.
Author's project on the topic of reconstructed buildings. A documentary story about the third way of urban development. These are superstructure and reconstructed five-story buildings. Custom-made projects, built in Moscow, are a good example of careful and eco-friendly treatment of the urban environment. The zine shows two ways of competent work with the cultural context of the city—overhaul and reconstruction.
All photos in zine were taken on an instant print camera “Fujifilm instax WIDE”.
“While Cats Walk”
A collective project on the topic of demolition. The story of a personal, with an anthropological approach, a kind of “five-story buildings museum” in the form of a book. Despite the shortcomings of five-story buildings, this is an unique way of life. And the only option in Moscow city is to live in a house that is commensurate with a person, live on the ground, with tree branches knocking in the window, friendly neighbours, front gardens and cats walking along the windowsill. After the renovation, these small porches with lovely grandmothers will disappear forever, and this way of life, which we are not offered a replacement, will also be irretrievably gone.
“Demolish Impossible to Keep”
A collective project on the topic of demolition. The story is more of a journalistic approach to renovation, it indicates a lot of questions that it stirred up: about the possibility of a third way not exhausted by the pros and cons, that the society has been divided, taken aback by the need for an unambiguous choice, about the relationship of authorities and people, that Moscow of our childhood and the familiar look of the city are on the verge of extinction.
In the press
“Презентация фотозинов о реновации в Москве”, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, 2017.
Invitation to presentation
Where to buy
Shop addresses and methods of purchase please look in the section “ART Shop”.
Artist book printing service “Nemakulatura”
60 pages, 13.5 x 21 cm
While Cats Walk, Demolish Impossible to Keep
Russian Independent Selfpublished – Alla Mirovskaya, Elena Kholkina, Natalia Baluta
The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, paper shop “Formula bumagi”, artist book printing service “Nemakulatura”.
Limited to 40 copies
Year of Production