My grandfather’s name is Sasha Litvinov. He died when I was 5 years old. My parents threw away almost all the things that were left of my grandfather. My first attempt to stay with someone who has been gone for a long time — a box with his things. Since then, I have been interested in the phenomenon of memory, the relationship with the past, its influence on the present.
Memory tends to collect, save letters, keep diaries, and pass stories from hand to hand. A person needs to leave fragments of his life to the future generation in advance and be sure that, that someone would remember him.
Post-memory is the transfer of memory to the next generation. It is inseparable from attachment to the family, roots, traditions, as it is inseparable from grief and memory of wars and conflicts. We think the past can influence our lives. Close relations with the past create new memories, reconstruct them. A person has a craving to relive something that cannot be returned. Time loses its linearity. The «celebration» of tragedies forms our loyalty to the past. Sometimes it traumatizes, clogs the consciousness between reality and fiction.
Edition of 100
15,5×21,8 cm, 124 pages, hard cover
English and Russian language
Kristina is a young photographer, born in 1996 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She completed the full course of the Fotografika Academy in St. Petersburg in 2019. In 2020, she entered the top three winners of the Belgrade Photo Month. In May 2021, the festival will host a personal exhibition of her project «How Sasha Litvinov buried the gun».
Kristina began her career with the study of personal injuries and stories, transferring them to public space, thereby she is rethinking the phenomenon of memory in the board sense of the word. At the moment, Kristina is exploring the cognitive distortions of human perception.
In September 2020, Fotografika Publishing released Kristina’s debut photobook «How Sasha Litvinov buried the gun».