There is a bear in the woods.
For some people, the bear is easy to see.
Others don’t see it at all. Some people say the bear is tame.
Others say it’s vicious and dangerous.
Since no one can really be sure who’s right,
isn’t it smart to be as strong as the bear?
If there is a bear.
— Hal Riley (created for the 1984 U.S. presidential campaign)
From Hollywood, literature, to politics, the West never found a rogue enemy than the Soviet Union. Today, in the post-truth era, fake news and conspiracy theories thrive on a bigger scale, planted to confuse and divide us. For long Russia engaged in a pattern of deflection blaming other states for malicious acts, meddling politics to control the world’s order.
The Buzzer takes this antagonism as evidence to deconstruct the identity of the post-Soviet space, focusing on the Russian diaspora scattered along the Baltic States. In parallel, the project investigates the framework and propaganda used to consistently reassert influence over these formerly occupied territories. Presenting fragments of confrontation that urge the need to control this space, being transfigured through a western mimicry or by military power escalated on mass media. In order to crystallise western democracy against an autocratic avatar.
© National Archives of Estonia – Rahvusarhiiv for the archival images
The dummy was shortlisted for the Unseen Dummy Award 2019, Fiebre Dummy Award 2019, and MACK First Book Award 2019, exhibited at Photo London in May 2019 and becoming part of the collection.
The Buzzer, 2015 – 2019