Caring For the Shaky Ground

Post-Soviet space is characterised by vertigo – the condition of perpetual instability for those who remain affected by colonial violence. This vertigo is materialized in forces within the soil, which is destabilised by Russian colonialism and nourished by decolonial resistance. This project analyses the Crimean Tatars’ decolonial solidarity, their resistance against colonial violence, and their relation to the earth through irrigation systems in Crimea. The platform accounts for the multiple ways in which the indigenous Crimean Tatars have resisted the twin shadows of colonial actions, which have been imposed from both Russia and the West.
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Commissioned by GARAGE Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia and Rosa House of Culture, St Petersburg, Russia.