Françoise Huguier. “Kommunalka”, 09.10 — 31.10

The kitchen of a community apartment

This project dates back to 1991. I was working in Siberia when I ended up in Saint Petersburg, because several Russian ethnologists lived there. I was living with Russian friends, some of them were living in community apartments. In 2001, I wanted to go back to start this project. Since then, I’ve been back there every two months until 2007. I chose to live inside one of these apartments by renting a room, to be closer to the inhabitants.

My very first days in these communal apartments in Saint Petersburg were absolutely perplexing, and I realised it would take me several stays and an inside contact to get to the bottom of these weird, closed-off environments.

Over several years I photographed the place and the daily life of the residents – and especially of Natacha, who set the rhythm of my visits. Implicitly, and without my realising it, she became the main strand in my narrative and in my desire to be there and stay there. She embodies the quintessence of these communal worlds and the magnetism of a city that has been gnawing at me for so many years. How many times have I stood simply hypnotised by these disturbing visions of light and shade?

Who spoke to me of ghosts? Who told me that at night in Saint Petersburg you can see the invisible and dream of the unutterable?

Françoise Huguier

09.10 — 31.10
“CECH” Art Space, Gallery

Kastryčnickaja Str, 16
12:00 – 22:00, daily
Single ticket for all the exhibitions at “CECH” Art Space ― 50 000. School children, students and retirees ― 25 000. Free entrance for children under 10 years old.

08.10
Françoise Huguier’s tour around the exhibition “Kommunalka”
“CECH” Art Space, Gallery, 14:00
Entrance at the exhibition ticket
Single ticket for all the exhibitions at “CECH” Art Space ― 50 000. School children, students and retirees ― 25 000. Free entrance for children under 10 years old.

03.11 — 30.11
Hrodna Exhibition Hall
Hrodna, Ažeška Str, 38
10:00 – 19:00
Tuesday – Sunday
Standard ticket price ― 20 000, students ― 15 000, school children ― 10 000

03.11
Opening
Hrodna Exhibition Hall, 17:00