Idel: the Delta (2021 –)

The Volga river flows through Russia. Its banks surrounded with the centers of former Eurasian civilizations. The main of these centers is Astrakhan city n the Volga delta. This is perhaps the most international point on the Russian map. Tatars, Russians, Armenians, Kalmyks, Greeks, Persians there is no other place in Russia with such a powerful ethnic and cultural mix. 

With the collapse of the USSR, the Astrakhan region became another region with a low standard of living. The only thing that remains the same in the administrative center, except for people and fishing, is the ancient architecture.

In the spring of 2021 it became known that the city authorities plan to declare more than 2,200 homes in Astrakhan as emergency. So, in the future, they are subject to demolition. These houses are mainly built in the XIX century and they have formed the face of the city for a long time. If the giant plan really happens, then Astrakhan will become a typical regional center with a bunch of identical nine-story buildings.

And although not everyone believes the information about the demolition, most residents are against. They want to save not only their homes, but also the recognizable charm of the entire city. The first evictions, the fight over the disputed land and the legal proceedings have already begun.

The work is in progress, I go on working on visual research of the living environment in the Delta. Also, the story is the 1st part of the dilogy Idel, which will also include Idel: Around the Origin.