The exhibition was produced within the Carte Blanche aux Jeunes Créateurs programme, financially and logistically supported by the French Cultural Centre in Iasi, in partnership with Vector – studio for art practices and debates (Iasi), in the series “Economics of Time” (sequence “Limit time. Lost time”).
Tatiana Fiodorova’s installation was designed as an evocation, without nostalgia and melancholy, of a past and reverberated time. The objects, the drawings, the photographs, the posters, the sketches, her video work, have presented, in the symbolic frames of a museum register, the memory relationship between daughter and father, the intimate family relationship and the ideologized relationship with the Soviet era.
The artist’s father was a graphic designer, painter and photographer. His photographs would capture the landscapes of Moldova, weddings in Moldovan villages, holidays in Soviet cities, portraits of rural residents. With the photographs taken in his travels through the villages he managed to earn additional money for the upkeep of his family, as his salary did not cover the day-to-day expenses. The exhibition presented the photos that he did not manage to sell.
Photographic practice also helped him in his creative exploration of painting. The artist’s father also created an album of medicinal herbs using his photographs and manufactured a set of wooden Cyrillic letters for his designer posters. In his last years, before he died, he would visit kolkhozes, picking up orders for propaganda posters.
The video project captured the emotional symbolism of a place transformed by time. Once upon a time, her father used to tie his motorcycle with a chain to a tree. Tatiana was six years old when her father died and she remembers how her mother tried for a long time to make a garden around the tree. She planted flowers, but they did not survive. After heavy rains, the place would become deserted. This place has become a garden for memories only.