In New book by Rafal Milacha “7 rooms” represents the culmination of a long and careful study of contemporary Russia. For six years Milach photographed seven young men in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Krasnoyarsk, and was fascinated by these “people, places, food, feeling drunk, music and scenery in a taxi.” “In his 30 years, these people seem caught between the ineradicable Soviet mentality and constantly seeking the mind of today’s Russians. Milach chose an object that is almost impossible to visualize. And yet this book managed to make an incredible journey into a lost direction, a trip to the beauty and sadness due to the country.
Today the country is not the same as in the USSR. I remember my aunt, who worked in the Soviet Ministry of Culture, arranged in the evening in Sverdlovsk. Notch below the seventh vertebra was considered pornography, and today no one will notice bare-chested on stage. Today people are more free. The only difference is that before people knew what to say, but they could not tell. And now we can talk all they want, but nobody knows what to say.
Stas: mostly in Russia, I love myself.
Leroy – the wife of Stas. Krasnoyarsk.
4. Pregnant Gala
Pregnant Gala posing for a photograph in her room.
Gala: I love Russia, because it is unpredictable. You never know what will happen tomorrow morning.