Danila Tkachenko – Restricted Areas

“Restricted Areas”, a project by Danila Tkachenko about a utopian strive of humans for technological progress.

Danila Tkachenko is a Russian visual artist specializing in documentary photography. Moscow based Pechersky Gallery recently hosted an exhibition featuring photos of Danila Tkachenko’s latest project named “Restricted Areas”. You can read more about it below.

An old submarine from the Soviet era weathered in the snow.
An old submarine from the Soviet era weathered in the snow.

Danila Tkachenko’s photographic project “Restricted Areas” gives us an idea of humans’ utopian strive for technological progress in order to achieve various goals.

A weathered test bench for missiles captured by photographer and artist Danila Tkachenko.
A weathered test bench for missiles captured by photographer and artist Danila Tkachenko.

But with “Restricted Areas”, Danila Tkachenko wants to show us that any progress comes to an end, earlier or later.

The Russian artist and photographer traveled to different abandoned places, which once used to have great importance for the technical progress and a hoped-for supremacy. These “once secret” places or machines were built to achieve this ideals of better, higher, stronger. Just like these machines, also human beings became tools, ready to execute any command.

Danila Tkachenko traveled to secret cities which can not be found on maps and forgotten scientific triumphs as well as abandoned buildings of enormous complexity. Today these places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology of a perfect technocratic future that never came.

Monument to the Conquerors of Space.
“Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to the design of German V-2 missile.”
Antenna built for interplanetary connection.
“This antenna was built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now.”

Even if these places, buildings and machines have lost their significance, they still have something very eerie. The photographer has captured the places in a cold and gray winter atmosphere. The buildings and machines seem almost like objects from another planet in the snowy, deserted winter landscape.

For Danila Tkachenko it’s interesting to witness what is left today. You can find all images of the “Restricted Areas” series on Danila Tkachenko’s website.

Excavator on a closed quarry. A photo from Danila Tkachenko's Restricted Areas project.
“Excavator on a closed quarry.” A photo from Danila Tkachenko’s Restricted Areas project.
Headquarters of Communist Party. "Restricted Areas" by photographer and artist Danila Tkachenko.
Headquarters of Communist Party. “Restricted Areas” by photographer and artist Danila Tkachenko.

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