Sunday, 5 May 2013

Caught My Eye: Vikenti Nilin




There was something both unsettling yet fascinating about Vikenti Nilin's 'Neighbours' series in the Saatchi Gallery. Shown as part of the 'Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union' all the photos have the stereotypical Soviet tower-blocks with anonymous people sat perched on the edge of windowsills. As a viewer the uneasiness comes from the voyeuristic feeling you are spying on a private moment of contemplation, some sitters look unfazed by the drop, almost to the point of boredom, there is an eerie feeling of passivity. 
Presenting a snapshot of time, you are left unaware of the sitters fate, did they simply return inside or did they jump? The images strike up so many questions and bring to mind so many political, personal and empathetical associations, as these people sit physically and metaphorically in the balance.