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It is becoming to be Series.

Here is another part of One Day In project which is about crisis in Europe.
At the beginning of a piece a Russian conversation in the middle of Berlin. One woman probably is looking for a job, the other man has found one already, he is a popular fantasy hero.
Turn a bit and here Russian tv is making a reportage about economic crisis while in one public park one local man repairs a fence by himself.

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project still in progress

Living in Sami commune in Karasjok in the north of Norway I was impressed by the combination of high technology and the natural environment, traditions and contemporary life, the past and the present in one place at the same time. The old traditional wooden storage-buildings reminded me of the world of Russian folklore and fairy tales. Baba Yaga, one of the main characters of Russian fairytales, lives in a log cabin that looks exactly the same. Baba Yaga is the Wise Woman who represents the matriarchal structure of the ancient world.
I have found that this way of living still has strong power here in the north of Europe despite the fact that women here are trying to fight for their rights as in the rest of the world. That was also a reason why I chose the structure and the language of fairytale for my film WOMENLAND. The film consists of several stories, which different people have told me during my stay in Karasjok.
In all these stories the main character is a woman.

I made this project in 2002 and only now I define the concept clearly.
It is an illustrated book of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
I consciously refused to illustrate it traditional way, but I insist it is nothing more than an illustrated book. Here some spreads from it.

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There are tree layers of illustration.
The first one uses traditional images – photos from Kafka’s archive – in the first (with family photos) and the last block (with friends) of the book.
The second one made by typography language. Yes, it is very subjective, but it is an art object and artist can afford it.
The third way of illustration uses hypertext. These illustrations look like dates, linked to Kafka’s diary (which is the second part of the book), but their role is different from marginalia’s. Each link represents an image created in reader’s conscious by reading an extract from diary subjectively chosen by an artist. This way creates endless amount of images dependent on readers’ imagination.
The connections between a novel and a diary are based on similar images but not as explanations. My work based on idea that text as an abstract media creates more images then picture itself. Furthermore I remembered this my old project because it is so much connected to work i do now connected to communities, because it let to read actively and, I hope, activates readers imagination.

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