The practice of the Ruin value
Ruin value (German: Ruinenwert) is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all. The idea was pioneered by German architect Albert Speer while planning for the 1936 Summer Olympics and published as "The Theory of Ruin Value" (Die Ruinenwerttheorie).
I was impressed of that idea and it made me reconsider the present attitude to ruins and leftovers of the USSR history. As the basis for my investigation I have chosen the series of images made at the ceramic factory in Minsk. As a result I believe there is no need to use marble or gold decorations to make a building tell a story about human beings. I was trying to convey my message and motivate the viewers to revalue the actions they had taken, the materials they had used and the consequences they could cause.