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Valerii Konkov (KZ)

In the memoirs of Maxim Gorky’s visit to the first Soviet camp for political prisoners on the Solovetsky Islands, an intriguing detail emerged me.

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    © Valerii Konkov, Medium, 2023

During the writer’s tour of the camp’s library, he noticed prisoners reading newspapers upside down. This act expressed their protest against the falsehoods about life in the camp and, more significantly, the entire political system.

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    © Valerii Konkov, Medium, 2023

In modern Russia, television remains the primary medium for propaganda, empowered by significant financial support from the government. Despite the internet era, television broadcasting continues to reign as the primarily and most prominent source of information. 

My work involves capturing real-life interiors or reconstructing of spaces I have encountered. The key of these scenes is the portrayal of television. 

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    © Valerii Konkov, Medium, 2023

I turned the screen upside-down to emphasize the absurdity and unreliability of the information conveyed through television.

Valerii Konkov (b. 1996) is a visual artist and photographer from Russia. In 2020, he received a master's degree in Russian history. He is now writing a PhD in visual anthropology. He studied photography at the "School of Modern Photography Docdocdoc". In his art projects he uses researcher's approach.

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