Part of the Image Diplomacy project
Two framed archival pigment prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Ultra Smooth paper mounted on dibond, 60 x 80 cm each, 2018
The two framed color photographs make up Political Dreams (2018). One documents a portable “Ukraine”-branded 16mm film projector, and the other, a lunar globe. The lunar globe, with its Cyrillic labeling, is photographed in such a way that a slight area of damage is noticeable on its surface. This blemish marks the spot in the Sea of Tranquility where the American moon landing took place in 1969.
The materials for both works were sourced by the artist from the archive of the former Italy-USSR Friendship Society in Milan. The film projector and the lunar globe were sent from the USSR in an attempt to reduce distances, in both a literal and a figurative sense. They were designed to bring the horizon of possibility closer by rendering projections of potential achievements as (already) real – be they space flight, another kind of society, or a cinematic utopia of moving images. Illustrated against colorful backdrops, in a dreamlike setting, these objects reveal the conjunction of travel, movement, and vision unique to our time.