Factory of Lost and Found Dreams

The project focuses on the problems around self-determination in the context of the economic and social changes in Russia over the last decades and on the problems related to a rapidly declining population and the perspectives people have about their future. Through a series of interdisciplinary, multi-media arts workshops we will dive into people’s views on the past, present and future, resulting in a performative event in the cities of Murmansk, Petrozavodsk and Saint Petersburg.

The project was a collaboration with  ‘Barents Bird’ (Russian Federation).

Funded by the Creative Force program of the Swedish Institute.

This project was planned to consist of a series of workshops in St Petersburg, Murmansk and Petrozavodsk, conducted by the team of artists and an anthropologist for different groups of participants. The results were to be presented in a performative event and a series of video portraits about lost and found dreams of participants.

The project has been a difficult project to implement. First the pandemic and then the full scale invasion of Ukraine had an enormous impact. In November/December 2021 we implemented the first two workshop periods in Murmansk and Petrozavodsk. The third workshop period in St.Petersburg took place during the last week of January and the first week of February 2022. The team of artists and an anthropologist conducted the workshops together with Benno Voorham following and curating the process online. In February 2022 Benno Voorham travelled to Murmansk but after the full scale invasion 24 February it was decided that the project would be stopped and he  returned to Sweden.