In this documentary installation Niko Hafkenscheid and Valentina Stepanova investigate contemporary rural Russian countryside.
Moshenka focuses on the inhabitants of the village of Moshenka, who try to breathe life into the dilapidated cultural centre. They witness a rural Russia in transformation between forgotten traditions and post-war trauma. The installation wants to enter the vast, physical space of the Russian backlands. How 'different' is it for the foreigner? What can you dream of today in Moshenka? What can you hope for? How do nature and history act on you?
Creation & production: Niko Hafkenscheid & Valentina Stepanova — Co-production: workspacebrussels, Life Long Burning (Culture Programme of the EU), Territoria Moscow — Supported by: the Flemish Community Commission