The Kaliningrad region is a former provincial capital of East Prussia (Königsberg). Now it is the Western region of Russia, the most remote oblast, the most alien part.
My project - it's an ode. The ode to the image remaining to us from the former East Prussia, which unfortunately did not "strike root" to the Russian people, who now live in this place. It is an exlusive world full of natural beauty, clean lines and closeness to the traditions and history. I wanted so much to share the joy of the sudden comprehension of beauty, so familiar that it is no longer noticed.
It travels from town to the sources, close to nature, to the memory of the earth and space. There are so many personal things - some lived and felt by me, some are images of my own childhood, some was told by the legends about the spirits of trees, forests and streams, in which people were believing in the pagan Prussia and also some traditions were brought in by Russian people. But a lot of what was valuable here, left in the past, falls apart brick by brick, rust, broken and lost.
Why the Prussian Bride? Because for me, in my quest to describe this image, this land is a woman, an eternal bride, pure and young, but knows and remembers so much.