The exhibition is based on works by Maxim Sher from three of his projects: Palimpsests (2010–2017), Dictatorship of the Seven Seas (2018) and Archipelago (2019).
Maxim Sher is a Russian photographer and artist whose key research interest is the representation of the post-Soviet cultural landscape and local stories. His works usually depict post-socialist landscapes, everyday landscapes, they are eventless and deliberately non-dramatic. This approach simultaneously inherits American conceptual and politically engaged photography, and closely links it with Russian colleagues - landscape photographers of the early 21st century. At the same time, Scher's interest in politics and space economics inherent in his projects makes his work unique for Russia, where a combination of political engagement and openness to interpretation is not often found in photography.