Pact of Silence

22 photographs, C-print, 7-channel sound installation
2016
At the center of the work is a photographic album from the Soviet labor camp (1923 – 1937) on the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea.
The showing and telling of the album is a perfor-mance, and viewing the album in the company of others could be considered a shared spectatorial experience. What happens with the album when the compiler is gone and the story is lost?
Conceiving the album as an act of communication means reconstructing the story to fill the gaps by re-awakening the actors.
Sound, like the photographic moment, is transient; it situates one in the midst of events. Vision, by contrast, situates one in front of things.
22 re-photographed traces of photographs that had been torn out of the album are shown alongside a multi-channel sound installation that re-tells the story of the album as a museum object.