Russia today is a country with vast abandoned areas which are constantly increasing in size. The ruins have not only become part of the Russian landscape, but have also taken a firm hold in the consciousness of post-Soviet man in the form of nostalgia for the social structures that collapsed and utopias of the past.
Homeland is a commemorative project – a parting with dead and no longer functional structures.
The project was shot in areas at a distance from population centres and woodlands. All the necessary fire safety measures were implemented. During the project not a single private property or cultural heritage site suffered. The remains of any used décor were removed and recycled.
Danila Tkachenko was born in Moscow in 1989. In 2014 he graduated from the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, department of documentary photography. In the same year he became the winner of the World Press Photo 2014 competition with the project “Escape” which he worked on for 3 years. In 2015 he finished the project “Restricted Areas” which has received a number of international awards including European Publishers Award For Photography, Burn Magazine grant, and included in the Dutch magazine Foam Talents. In 2016 completed series “Lost Horizon”, in 2017 published projects “Motherland” and “Monuments” which have caused a wide public response. In 2018 by the invitation of Qatar Museums Danila realized the series “Oasis”. In 2019 completed series “Heroes” and “Acid”. Tkachenko’s photos were published in such magazines as BBC Culture, The Guardian, IMA Magazine, GUP Magazine, British Journal of Photography, National Geographic.