Paper Dreams
Project info

The "Paper dreams" project pictures young women who are preparing to grow up and start an adult life. This is an allegory for Russian happiness, where a gown performs the role of a daydream. Young women made their own dresses, using craft paper designed to wrap up coal, food or even cement. When putting on these dresses, they dreamed about getting a decent job, spending holidays by the sea or becoming university students. But all such dreams led to one thing: leaving their hometown. Segezha is a town on the shore of White Sea Canal ('Belomorkanal'). The town was built in the first half of the twentieth century by prisoners of a Gulag at a paper mill.