Photographer’s works are going to be sent to the Ministry of Culture and the Federal Property Management Agency for verification.
On November 23, Colta published an interview with the Russian photographer and World Press Photo laureate Danila Tkachenko, in which he told about the work on the Monuments and Rodina projects. The pictures show black painted churches and burning village houses, which Tkachenko specifically set on fire to shoot his series. These photos gradually began to disperse on social networks and caused a massive outrage — the author of the pictures are accused of outraging the historical heritage and in the damage of someone else’s property.
Even more irritating critics is the way Tkachenko himself talks about his project: “Here you go to the village where people lived, see their things — letters, photographs, heaps of magazines and newspapers, and all this stuff begins to grab you, fascinate … At some point, I decided to part with this radical way. Of course, it’s in Russian: take it and burn it to hell.”
The photographer notes that he set fire to extremely abandoned houses, where it is impossible to live. “Those houses that I chose were rotten, with a failed roof. I did not do anything to anyone, “Tkachenko said. And he adds that he understands how his project can be perceived: “Now such a confrontation in a society with religious fanatics or patriots, that my projects — this radical way to part with the old stuff — can hurt someone. I do not exclude that I will have to emigrate for a while.”
As “Gazeta.Ru” writes, the story in social networks cannot be limited to history. Representatives of the Krokhino fund are already preparing inquiries to the Ministry of Culture and the Federal Property Management Agency to assess the photographs of burning buildings there. “I think the request should be sent to law enforcement agencies. If it is confirmed that it was indeed the burning of real buildings, then this is a conscious destruction of property, and this is already a criminal composition,” said the coordinator of Arhnadzor, Konstantin Mikhailov. According to lawyers, a photographer may face 2 to 5 years of imprisonment.