2021 - Ongoing
I took the birch symbol as a basis for my project, like one of the main ones in Russian identity. Through him, I want to reveal different sides of the current mythology of the new Russian time, connected in one way or another with the concept of patriotism, militarism, and the image of Russia created under the influence of official Putin propaganda, as well as social and existential issues.
Birch man is flesh and blood of a birch forest. His life is quiet and mysterious. Perhaps this is an ordinary person, like you and me, but turned by an evil witch into a creature rooted in forest soil, overgrown with bark, heritage of ancestors and patriotism.
It is known for certain that he is an autotroph, and it needs very few resources to survive, therefore birch people live for a very long time, but this existence does not seem like full-fledged life.
The project has just begun, but in the future it should contain several parts - installation, a series of public art objects, which are then documented, staged and documentary photographs, drawings, texts, the artist's book.