As a model for creation of the maquette of houses, I chose the kind of mass housing, so-called “Khruschyovka”. They were built in Russia in the era of Khrushchev. After Stalin’s Empire they look like architectural degradation. But, in fact, Khruschyov was the first who realized the idea of mass housing construction. Now they are going to be demolished as they have served their time. Nobody admires them, just on the contrary – they arouse only censure of the architectural squalor and inconvenience of living conditions. But a lot of Russian people still live in these houses.
My project functions around the notions of how we feel, understand, and remember the home where we inhabit. Through my own personal experience and relationships with the place where I live, I create the images for the viewer. I would like to explore how our concept of home is changing over time and the notion of home is transforming in connection with the place in which we live.
Julia Borissova is an Estonia-born, St Petersburg-based artist who works with photography, collage, installation and book making. Borissova’s works become a place of actualisation for a wide range of topics, among which the central theme is the questioning of truth and fiction. The book is her natural medium to contemplate real stories and blends documentary elements with imaginary things. Her artists’ books include: Let Me Fall Again (2018), White Blonde (2018), Red Giselle (2017), Libretto (2016), Dimitry (2016), J.B. about men floating in the air (2015), Address (2015), DOM (Document Object Model) (2014), Running to the Edge (2014), The Farther Shore (2013).