Every time we think that technology could not get any better, it goes ahead and proves us wrong all over again. Danila Tkachenko’s photo project documents the trail that is left behind as a result of our continuous technological advancement.
“I feel like I am an archeologist encountering the traces of a past civilization in order to understand the reasons [why we] create these objects,” Tkachenko said in an interview in the British Journal of Photography. The places in Russia that Tkachenko has documented were once sites of national importance but is now only littered with abandoned structures and machineries. “Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have,” said Tkachenko in a piece in Lensculture, “this is the source of technical progress. The byproducts of this progress are various commodities as well as the tools of violence in order to hold power over others.”
Danila Tkachenko lives and works in Moscow. He has won numerous awards and accolades such as the World Press Photo Awards 2014 for Staged Portraits, the Lensculture Exposure award and Magnum’s 30 photographers under 30. He has shown his work in numerous exhibitions and has been published in a number of places such as The Guardian Online, BBC Culture and The Washington Post.
Restricted Areas is part of the exhibitions line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.