History, Time & Identity | Russia’s Abandoned Churches

Church of Nicetah the Martyr in the village of Kazarinovo. The church was built in 1904 and closed in 1934.

 

Photographer and Visual Artist Petr Antonov is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this landscape/documentary photography.  From the project ‘Ruins’.  To see Petr ’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Church of the Presentation of Our Lady in the village of Pet. The church was built in 1913 and likely closed in the 1920s.

 

Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Aristovo. The church was built in 1681 and сlosed in 1963.

 

Church of the Dormition of the Virgin in the village of Prudki. The church was built between 1850 and 1900, closed in 1939.

 

Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Piataya Gora. The church was built between 1827 and 1831, closed in 1943.

 

The series reflects on the role and place of the ruined church in contemporary Russian landscape, and on how it relates to our perception of history and time. Scattered throughout the landscape the ruins come as remnants of Russia’s own antiquity, something not too distant in time, but seemingly unrelated to the country of today. As Russia seems to be searching its past for the lost identity, the ruins pose a question: who do we want associate ourselves with—those who built these churches, or those who closed them down? Neither, or both?

 

Church of Our Lady of Kazan in the village of Bogorodskoe. The church was built in 1721 and closed in the 1920s.

 

Church of the Intercession of Our Lady in the village of Cherepovo. The church was built in 1824 and closed in 1940.

 

Church of the Holy Trinity in the village of Andrianovo. The church was built in 1831 and closed in 1936.

 

Church of the Meeting of Our Lord in the village of Rezanino. The church was built in 1803 and closed in the 1960s.

 

Church of St Nicolas in the village of Terenteevo. The church was built in 1831 and closed after 1917.

 

All images and text © Petr Antonov

 

 

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