I was long searching for a key that would help me render the 25 years which passed since the Soviet Union collapse but also allow me to indicate what will happen next. The other day I came across Erich Fromm’s “The Forgotten language” and in the foreword, I read that the nightmare of World War II was actually envisaged in people’s dreams a decade before it broke out. I found out that in the 30s of the last century German patients of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustaw Jung suffered from nightmares with obsessive symbols of fear and desperation mixed with symbols of violence. These images were obviously envisaging the coming war. Now, when Russia’s imperialistic ambitions revive I am curious how this is reflected in the subconscious of the citizens in former Soviet Union republics. I want to tell a story about fears, hopes and the reality filtered through the subconscious. I have already visited the Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, to ask their citizens about their dreams, about what is coming to them at night. I will be asking them about the subconscious information revealed in their dreams, about re - curring dreaming images, which are deeply rooted in reality.


All photos came from Project Bright Night  2014-2019