"SURVEILLANCE. A Typology of Oppression" by Valentyn Odnoviun #swu
The book consists of photographs of the walking yard and prison cell door spyholes in former political prisons in Eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Poland, Germany). The same places were used for similar purposes by different oppressive systems.
Previously, to keep people under control, they were isolated in special places and/or were under different methods of surveillance. Nowadays surveillance is taking new (digital) forms, but the main essence remains. Total physical and mind control of society.
The actual work calls into question the relation between what we see and what we perceive in advance of the act of recognition. These photographs emphasize the borders not only of human perception but the border where the consequences of human action meet reason.
"Surveillance" was part of EEP Berlin's online exhibition "Heterotopia" curated by Katažyna Jankovska (2020).
All proceeds from the sale of this book and all other books in our shop marked with #SWU go towards the Research Grant Program for Ukrainian Photographers. See progress here.
Artist: Valentyn Odnoviun
Co-publisher Lithuanian Culture Research Institute
Supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture
Year: First Edition, 2021
Design and Layout: Gulnara Galiachmetova, Valentyn Odnoviun
Color separation: Raimundas Austinskas
Production supervisor: Daniel Samulevič
Texts: Agnė Narušytė, Jan Gustav Fiedler
Format: Hardcover, 245 x 200 mm, 128 pages, 54 images
Print run: 450