Restricted Areas Series

Danila Tkachenko

Arts - 07.11.2017

Danila Tkachenko (Moscow, 1989) shows an almost archaeological concern in his ‘Restricted Areas’ series, examining the utopian quest for technological progress that was once of national interest for the USSR.

The thematic and objective approach to the subjects of the images of Tkachenko frame his work in the field of documentary photography. In his still brief career, the young Russian has already received several awards, including the European Publishers Award for Photography in 2015 thanks to his series ‘Restricted Areas,’ where he travels through almost artificial environments where the pursuit of technological progress has been frustrated and halted in time by multiple causes – nuclear wars, economic crises, natural disasters, etc. – turning them into abandoned and deserted places, witnesses of a technocratic utopia that never arrived.

Water contamination test at the lake around the previously closed scientific city of Chelyabinsk. Russia, 2013
‘Bulgaria’ ship lifted from underwater, 122 people drowned in it. Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, 2014
Excavator on a closed quarry. Moscow region, Russia, 2015
The world’s largest diesel submarine. Samara region, Russia, 2013
Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia, 2014
Part of an unfinished space port. Kyzylorda region, Kazakhstan, 2013
Antenna built for interplanetary connection. Arkhangelsk region, Russia, 2013
Antenna for interception of signals. Samara region, Russia, 2014
Deserted observatory. Almaty region, Kazakhstan, 2015
Coal processing plant. Russia, 2014