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From the end of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties, so that time between the death of the Soviet Union and the start of a liberal market, all of Liberal Russia’s public opinion was manly portrayed with the youth. It was believed that the political and economical modernization of the country would’ve gone at the same pace of the rest of the world if the older generation would move on, because still concentrated on the soviet mentality, and with the entrance of newer generations, that never saw the totalitarism in it’s worst forms.
The difficulties of change and the extreme lowering in the standards of living, massive unemployment, that was never seen in the USSR, the insecurity of this new life style and the crisis of many consolidated habits brought with them a very strong nostalgia of the soviet past, that was now brought to idolatry. The illusions of the young Russians, that believed themselves mature enough for the lifestyle of western demo-cratic countries, went on for a long time until the immense crisis of 1998, which brought a strong reality check, dissonance, phase shift from self-assessment and the others evaluations, that brought to a general adolescent negativity.
All of this has brought a new dependence to the “system”, associated to the sensation, equally soviet, that there is a shortage of prospective, the impossibility of owning ones own life. Strangely in Russia the majority is aware that they cannot (and do not want to) influence the political situation, to not be able to defend it’s own rights, to not know how to fight the arbitrariness of power. With this we see that in the youth there are various reproductions (that prevail) of anti-modern values and guidelines, detached from actualization, and the same negative and passive adaption to change. Today, living the everyday life of a city such as S. Pietersburg, we can see the tendencies to reproduce the expe-rience of survival of the older generations, but on a different subject and with modern objects.
This reportage wants to narrate trough everyday and personal experiences, the spread out resignation with the status quo of the new generations, where we live in an atmosphere of stasis between the harsh reality and ones own dreams.

  • Date: 2013