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Trace

Trace

People inevitably leave imprints in the course of their life: from rock paintings and ancient settlements to global pollution of the planet. Big things are made up of smaller ones that happen around us every day. These small imprints appear and disappear at a tremendous rate, shaping our daily habitat. With the advent of photography, we are able to capture, save, and analyze these changes.

The stall trading appeared in Russia in the 1990s due to the acute shortage of food and everyday goods in grocery stores and supermarkets. Over time, the problem of shortage was solved, but small-format trade took root among the entrepreneurs. Typically, the outward appearance of these commercial facilities is not in line with the urban environment. In addition, they often become a source of contamination of the surroundings. In recent years, the city administrations have been focused on fighting the shopping stalls and kiosks that were built illegally and without observing the urban design code.

Summer of 2020 in Chelyabinsk was marked by the historical event. The city administration decided to dismantle the kiosks in the underground passage under the city's main square. This event is a sign for many townspeople that the era of the 90s is finally slowly but surely leaving the South Ural capital.

The photographs show imprints of the arrangement and decoration of the kiosks’ interior space, which were exposed after the dismantling. The avant-garde style work symbolizes the revolutionary changes in the urban environment. In turn, the contours and shadows of people, guessed in the space of photographs, emphasize the man-made nature of the objects and carry the memory of those who once existed in this space.