Wasteland of Memory

Shortlist 2018

Svetlana Bulatova

Svetlana Bulatova b.1991 is an independent documentary photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 2016 she is working on long-term projects. Svetlana prefers working on documentary projects that cover humanistic issues.
The Problem
2018

Wasteland of Memory

In the 1930s the Soviet Union staged a campaign of extreme political repression called the Great Purge. Anyone perceived as an enemy of the state, including farmers, businessmen, clergymen, but also politicians and Party members, soldiers of the Red Army and the intelligentsia were imprisoned or executed. Bodies were often transported at night and buried in secret mass graves guarded by the KGB. One of the largest of these sites was the abandoned estate of Count Levashovo, a lot north of Saint Petersburg. For 50 years it remained closed to the public.