Memories of the future

PhotographerPavel Matveyev
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Technical Information: All images are printed in size 140 by 100 cm, laminated and mounted to aluminium.


This work started with questions about nostalgia and then continued as an investigation into the notions of the gaze and the poetic image. Employing simple tool in the form of photographic evidence, this project also reflects on nostalgia’s emotional relatives such as melancholy and even boredom, “the root of all evil — the despairing refusal to be oneself,”* a taboo and a sign of failure in the Experience Economy driven society. The work stems from personal reflections on the abandoned countryside estates (“usad’ba” in Russian) in the Moscow area, built primarily between the 18th and early 20th centuries. These either permanent or summer residences of wealthy Russian families were appropriated by the Soviet State after the 1917 revolution. They were often converted into hospitals or recreational facilities and many were eventually left to dilapidate. *Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

About Photographer

Pavel Matveyev was born in Moscow. He graduated from Moscow State University's faculty of journalism in 2002, in 2006-2007 studied photography in Brighton University. In 2012 he received his Master of Fine Art degree from Konstfack, a leading art university in Sweden. Pavel works primarily with photography and sound regularly participating in group and individual exhibitions in Stockholm and Gävle, Sweden, since 2011. His works are in private collections in Russia, Sweden, Norway and the UK.