25 January - 15 March 2014
Polka Galerie

Alexander Gronsky


Strogino I, 2009

Pastoral is an idea of a perfect world, where people integrate with nature as its necessary part. This documentary project explores wastelands surrounding Moscow. It is here that one is able to see interaction between human and nature in a very dense way.

Areas of abandoned land from a big part of Moscow cityscape. Arguably its exactly these areas that define it as being "Russian", but at the same time these areas itself lack definition. They are neither urban, nor rural. Invasion of chaos in human habitat and also the place where people come to enjoy nature in quite sad and touching ways.

Pastoral / Moscow Suburbs, Contrasto, January 25th, 2014.