Direction–Space! project is an analytical, visual and documentary photographic study of the Star City military research facility in Russia, one of the most top secret locations in the Soviet Union times. Also known as the Yuri Gagarin Russian State Science Research Cosmonauts Training Center it is still a military research center and consists of a training facility and a residential area for the cosmonauts and their families.
Direction – Space! explores the reality of the space community at first hand, investigating the physical and psychological space as well as the routine and lives of its residents and their habitat. Generation of cosmonauts have trained in these surroundings and because of the reticence and insularity of this world the physical space and its spirit have been preserved. The series reveals these traces of history, power and ghost-like presence left behind. It is this space that holds the weight of the past and shapes the reality of people who live and work there currently. It offers a new insight into a subject central to the Cold War history of the Soviet Union and raises questions over attitudes and perceptions that have been formed over the years. The series also serves to commemorate the 50th anniversary of first man’s flight into space, which was celebrated on 12th April 2011.