In Russia, everything outside of Moscow and St Petersburg is considered provincial. Even if many of the cities in the Russian hinterland easily reach several hundred thousand to over a million inhabitants. Poet Hendrik Jackson and photographer Heinrich Völkel have travelled to five such provincial capitals together: Archangelsk, Astrachan, Wolgograd, Uljanowsk and Tscheljabinsk. Their lyrical and photographic reflections make for exceptional city portraits. In Provintsiya, the scroll, their journey can be retraced as if on a train, from one place to the next, taking us to a Russia we are not familiar with, far beyond the clichés.
Sound of Uljanowsk
Sound of Wolgograd
Sound of Tscheljabinsk
Sound of Astrachan
Sound of Archangelsk
Apart from words, Hendrik Jackson has also brought back sounds from the journey, adding a third dimension through which we can immerse ourselves in Provintsiya’s places.
was born in Düsseldorf in 1971. He studies film, Slavic studies and philosophy in Berlin, where he lives and works as an author and translator. He is the publisher of poetry website www.www.lyrikkritik.de.
is an Agentur Ostkreuz photographer. He was born in Moscow in 1974 and now lives and works in Wiesbaden. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines such as ZEIT, STERN and SPIEGEL.