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Apartment 20.
Photographs by Roman Pyatkovka. Text by Oleksandra Nabieva.
Artbook Publishing, 2017. In English. 120 pp., black-and-white and color illustrations, 8¼x9¾".

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Contains the series: Adultery (1988), Bitch Love (1985), Schemes (1999), Games of Libido (1991-1999), Games of Naked (1998), and Sameness of variety (1999)

Kharkiv photographer Roman Pyatkovka's Apartment 20 features pictures that were taken in the Soviet and post-Soviet period: from the eighties to the nineties. The edition is an attempt to comprehend this period through the concepts corporeality and sexuality; and to tell about it by the means of visual art.

“Apartment 20 is a commonplace, a topos, which is cognate with utopia. It is a utopia and a dream about freedom. This dream sees the space of freedom finally exceed the bounds of the apartment. It is enough, one would suppose, to loose the pressure of censorship for the real unbounded freedom to step in. The freedom of expression, above all: so that nothing would impede the reflection about all the expreience of the previous years, when the actual meaning always seemed to slip out. However, as it turned out later, precisely the tension of prohibition used to be the most productive force for actualizing the potential of trangression.” — Oleksandra Nabieva


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