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Â»7 kmÂ« is the title of Kirill Golovchenkoâ€™s book and is citing the distance to a market place near Odessa which is called Â»Field of WondersÂ«. 16.000 containers, stacked one on top of another, are situated upon 70 hectares of land which was used before as a incinerating plant. This container city is the absolut first market place in the former Soviet Union, twice bigger than the Mall of America, ten times bigger than the Centro in Germanyâ€™s Oberhausen. But the difference couldnâ€™t be more obvious, because in opposite to the Western model the Field of Wonders is not really a shopping paradise. Hard work is the reality, sellers and retailers dealing with clothes, the most visible status symbol in the former East. So it is given that the labels of brands as D&G, Boss, Reebok, and others are for sale too. This could be increased: 20,000 sellers, 10,000 carrieres transport the goods through dozens of container streets to a fleet of leased buses. 70 to 80 working hours a week are normal, while a containerâ€™s monthly rent is up to 7,000 US-$. Would you like to buy two stacked containers, you need 40,000 US-$ cash. The daily turn over of the market is estimated with approximately 20 Millions US-$. It is for sure that this market is one of the biggest in the former Soviet Union.
Kirill Golovchenko says: Â»If in the West there is speaking about my home Odessa, where I had been born 1974, everyone is describing the lovely Black Sea cost or falling into raptures about Isaak Babel. Thatâ€™s not wrong and everybody knows that this describes not the post-soviet reality. So my theme is ideal. But it plays not with the clichÃ© of the Vodka drinking pleb, the homo sovieticus as a bump, and is giving a good impression of the nowadays society in the Ukraine.Â«
After been supported in the last two years of his studies by Barbara Klemm in the meantime the interest in the work of Kirill Golovchenko grows more and more. So he gots the Price of Documentary Photography by the WÃ¼stenrot Foundation 2007/2008, a fellowship by the DAAD, also invitations to a couple of documentary photo exhibitions, and at least the printing of the book Â»7 kmÂ« was friendly supported by the Stiftung Kunstfonds.
7km â€“ Field of Wonders