Glue sniffers

Sergey Bratkov / Сергій Братков


Photography, 7 x (90 x 90 cm).
Materials: photo on aluminium

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community (Inv. no. BK007494).

The series Glue Sniffers consists of pictures of glue-sniffing youths. The pictures are taken in a closed correctional facility for underage delinquents, on a sun-flooded courtyard with grapevines. Bratkov took double-takes using a 6x6 camera, which resulted in blurry, unclear pictures, much like the vision of a drugged individual. The series can also be interpreted as a reflection on the Soviet rhetoric of the 'Happy Soviet Childhood'.

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