2020 - Ongoing
My project is dedicated to veterans of Soviet Army who had served during years (1979-1989) of so-called “Afghan war”. Particularly my story is about soldiers who returned or did not return to their hometown of Sterlitamak (Russia).
In the early years of the Afghan war, soldiers were not allowed to tell parents about their service in Afghanistan, all letters were censored. Soldiers wrote that they were serving in some of the former Union republic. Even when some information about military service in Afghanistan was allowed, most often the guys did not report their whereabouts not to worry their mothers. In my project, I use letters from soldiers who were killed in action. Usually it was a daytime when military official came to parents to inform that their son had perished in action and in night parents got a closed zinc coffin with sons body, the so-called “cargo 200”.
To date, 4 mothers are still alive in Sterlitamak. Like all veterans of Afghanistan, parents receive rewards for their perished sons. In my project I, present photos of these military and memorial rewards on the background of mother’s dresses.