The Brick Collector
16 September 2016

The Brick Collector

People collect things for myriad reasons, whether to study the different objects or to connect themselves to a period in history keeping the past present. Collecting is much like an emotional quest, a never-ending pursuit that can never be complete.

The basement of a primary school in Narva is the museum of an unexpected collection, behind a gate with a rusty locker there is a huge quantity of bricks, all arranged by similarities, one above the other resting in shelves that go from the floor to the ceiling, the amount of dust envisions that pieces stand there still for long time.

Igor, a thin nerd looking man has been collecting bricks for more than two decades, going once in a while to garbage pits and ruins around the region trying to find traces and clues of an absent past. During the years, Igor managed to collect fragments of an architecture parlante, remains from a speaking architecture that explains its own identity and the time it represents. The fragments are a continuous revival of memory, a narrative about the political and cultural mutations occurred along the man-altered landscape in the Baltic States.

2016 – ongoing

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