About ‘Bunker Diaries’
This project is about the nuclear bunker: a real or imaginary place and a symbol of the Cold War troubled nuclear legacy. It is also about living through the Cold War times and what the memories of such experiences can tell us about our world today.
Why and how did it start?
The project started with my personal story. I grew up in the 70s and 80s in the border zone of the Far-Eastern Russia. The Cold War messages formed the backdrop to my formative years. In this project, I am revisiting my memories and the lived Cold War experiences of my family and other people. I am looking for connections that reach beyond the personal and help to examine what the Cold War personal and collective legacy might mean today.
What does it involve?
The project timeline: 2020-2021. In 2020, I became an artist in residence at the Kelvedon Hatch Cold War nuclear bunker and I use my visits to the bunker to experiment with sound, video and photography. Come and say ‘Hello’ if you see me at the bunker!
What will come out of this project?
There are likely to be: a blog, a website, a publication (digital or/and printed) and an exhibition (digital or/and physical).
Why is this project important now?
Bunker Diaries project is a reflection on what it means to live in the world altered by nuclear risks and arms. It is gaining significance in light of the latest news. In October 2020, Honduras became the 50th country to sign up to the international treaty to make the production, use and stockpiling of nuclear weapons illegal. The treaty comes into force in January 2021. The key nuclear-armed states are yet to sign up to it.
Interested? For a chat and to find out more about this project get in touch with me.