Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Sergeev Dima, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.
Inhabiting Shadows, 2016. Metal scaffolding staircase ascending and descending the pedestal where Lenin’s statue once stood. 6.30 x 1.50 x 13.99 m. Photograph by Valeriy Miloserdov, Courtesy Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives.

Across the world, for thousands of years, monuments have been erected to mark specific locations and moments that have a certain value to a group of people. They stand to commemorate, to remind, to advise or to warn. Some have become emblems of our history and part of our cultural heritage and identity. Never the less, these petrified moments which for some signify moments of glory, also represent moments of downfall for others. Several stand in our memory fixed as tombstones, although uncertain, as if they had been implanted and belong to someone else’s history. Although lacking of life and standing still, they seem to be pointing, reinforcing, impressing and judging from above.

The issue now is if there can be a monument that embodies the cultural identity and freedom of a whole nation. If there can be an image to represent all people. Are we seeking for hegemonic identity? The past seems to belong to others, although we still seem to be immersed in its thick grey fog.

Inhabiting Shadows, allows people to transit up the stairs, step on the pedestal and occupy the empty space for a few moments. To be able to reflect upon the past, to substitute the phantom, the shadows, inhabit them and then become new and diverse moving statues that head towards the light of a new horizon. A temporary monument, integrated to the remains of an older monument, which is not about the visible structure, but mostly about the people transiting through it. A sort of monument in construction where everyone is a part of the identity that changes through time and with people.