For me, the Academy of Sciences is a mixture of two reserved worlds unfamiliar to many: changing technologies, solutions and frozen past, that “Sovietness” of buildings and interiors that have already become monuments today. How to show the duality of the environment where ideas are born? What images can capture the abstraction that does not physically exist?
I grew up in a family of scientists, and for me science has always been, above all, creativity. It is magic, a luck which hides a deep understanding of the nature of the processes, intuition – all the things that are associated with art. I can define the current state of science in Belarus as neither bad nor good. But that positive aspect, which certainly stands out is the work of the scientists’ bright minds: biologists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, philosophers … .
I remember how in the hall of the Institute of Physics my attention got caught by a huge wall of glass bricks. Looking up from the camera, I saw the person who had accompanied me talking to one of the employees. I asked him to stand up in front of the camera. Since we had not previously discussed what I was shooting and why, he was always trying to escape, to take a step to the right, to turn away, not to look in the eye. As a result, he managed to hide behind a joke.