Danila Tkachenko  Restricted Areas

RA1

Airplane – amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.

RA3

Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment.

RA4

Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing.

RA5

Pumpjacks on a spent oil field.

RA7

Screen for biological defence against radar radiation.

RA9

Water contamination test at the lake around the previously closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1957 there was the first nuclear catastrophe, one of the largest in history and equal in scale to Chernobyl, but it stayed secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are until now contaminated with radiation.

RA11

Former military base on the island, with an underground bunker.

RA12

The world's largest diesel submarine.

-

The project “Restricted Areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress.

Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have – this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others.

Better, higher, stronger – these ideals often express the main ideology of the governments, for these goals they are ready to sacrifice almost everything. While the individual is supposed to become a tool for reaching the set goals, and receive in exchange the higher level of comfort.

I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress – and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came.

Any progress comes to its end earlier or later, it can happen due to different reasons – nuclear war, economic crisis or natural disaster.. For me it’s interesting to witness what is left after.

Danila Tkachenko new project “Lost Horizon” will be premiered in December, in the show at Pechersky gallery, Moscow.

-

All images © courtesy of Danila Tkachenko

www.danilatkachenko.com