Mind the Step 2014 –

“Mind the Step” is an artist’s attempt to deal with one of the most devastating man-made tragedies of the twentieth century — the Soviet Gulag. In contrast to literature, this subject has almost no presence in visual art produced during either the Soviet or post-Soviet period. When there were visual records, they largely came from those who passed through the Gulag. The artist’s core performative gesture is rather minimalistic in character and symbolically unrealistic in scale: to make one step for each known or unnamed victim lying in mass graves, while visiting the original sites of the massacre. The Mind the Step builds on and significantly expands the artist’s previous project, series of photographs “We Are the Revolution” (2006–2013).

Andy Shab
art historian, independent curator