Polar epitaph of an utopia
“Time here becomes space”
Wagner, Parsifal, act 1
Subarctic abandoned soviet mining town, Pyramiden is located just 900 km from the North Pole, on the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago. Abandoned 20 years ago due to economic reasons, it remains one of the northernmost permanent settlements in the world, and a monument to former soviet utopia.
Far above the arctic circle, surrounded by glaciers, fjords, and dramatic mountain backdrop, the small city was seen as a successful communism achievement in his golden age — and a bizarre anomaly : a thriving Soviet community in a NATO country.
Today remains coal mine silent, empty roads, inhabited buildings : deserted places reveal the strange beauty of what is henceforth only affected by time elapsing.
A language of heritage, dreams and memory.