Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov theoretical physicist, public figure, human rights activist, laureate of the Nobel Prize for Peace. Sakharov opposed the decision of the USSR government to send Soviet troops into Afghanistan in 1979. After that, he was exiled without trial to the closed city of Gorky, now Nizhny Novgorod from 1980 to 1986.
In my photo project, I invite the viewer to make a «tour» into the past to the closed city of Gorky of the 1980-s. Together with his wife Yelena Bonner, he was placed in an apartment on the first floor of an ordinary twelve-story building. The Memorial Museum-Apartment of A.D. Sakharov is now open here.
The «tour» will take place through the courtyard, where the scientist and his wife could walk. During the «tour» we will have a look into the kitchen of the apartment and symbolically «refuse» from taking food.
During the exile, Sakharov resorted to hunger strikes three times, twice of which in defense of his wife. Sakharov was forcibly hospitalized to the Gorky Regional Clinical Hospital during the hunger strikes and was subjected to forceful barbaric feeding.
The walls built around the scientist did not limit his inner cosmic infinite space in any way. In the presence of his beloved woman, the scientist continued to work, study cosmology, and write articles.