Proposition for an Aeroflot Office
The project can take place equally well in a place which already has an Aeroflot office, or one which does not.
The Aeroflot logo will be painted on the exterior and interior of the shop.
Based on my photographic documentation of international Aeroflot offices the shop will be outfitted in Aeroflot style, travel posters will be on the walls, Russian folk art items will be on window ledges, and a model Aeroflot airplane will be placed on a stand near the window.
Utilising my international collection of Aeroflot pamphlets, timetables, newspapers, Russian souvenirs and other paraphernalia for display purposes, the premises to all intents and purposes will function as a simulacrum of a regular Aeroflot office.
During the period of the project I will be behind the desk receiving customers, masquerading as a Russian woman.
In the event of a customer wanting to purchase a ticket I will call up a real Aeroflot office to arrange their flight booking.
I will be able to purchase the tickets with the money paid to me by the customer, in their name.
was the airline that could have, during the Soviet period, were it permitted,
or had we gone through the relevant mysterious procedures, allowed me
and my family to visit my Fatheršs (once Polish) village which after
1939 became part of Western Ukraine and which was abandoned in 1941
by his Jewish parents during the Nazi invasion.
Through this project I will be negotiating my tenuous - could have been - link with a semi-Russian/Soviet identity, having been born to a Pole whose birthplace became part of the Soviet Union in 1939 after his departure, and in so doing trying to come to terms with the feelings we all face when considering, in whatever manner, how things could have been different, if, - and that we could easily not have been at all. During the project I will thus insert myself into the gap between being and the possibility of not being and the possibility of being something/someone else.
All the time I will stay of course in the same place, in the imaginary Aeroflot office.