Realized: 2015

Video installation, video 55’11’’, video 85’21’’, architectural models

Open group (Anton Varga, Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Stanislav Turina)


The "Backyard' includes the understanding of privacy and ownership. It incorporates the understanding of safety. Safety ensured by the walls, by the right to private property, the state law. The notion of "home" refers to a place that seemingly belongs only to you, contrary to the rest of the surrounding world, which is not yours, is not so private and safe.

The "Backyard" also signifies something extraordinary, which is going to remain even after the building is demolished and it disappears.

This work allows the viewers to see a building that was destroyed during the war. For the participants of the project who lost their homes, it is another chance to imagine them and recreate them in their memory.


Filomena Kuriata and Svietlana Sysoyeva are the participants of the project, who lost their homes as a result of internal resettlement during the war. F. Kuriata – during the IIWW and S. Sysoyeva – during the Russian military intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

The authors of the project had one task for the participants – to recreate from memory the detailed internal and external description of their homes.


The project includes:

a video documenting the creative process of the buildings' computer models;

completed models of the houses;

sketches made with the help of the displaced people (created during computer modelling).







Created with the support of the 2016 Impart Festival Office, Wroclaw 2016, the European Capital of Culture. Photographed by Malgoryata Kujda.

Dispossession, organizer Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, an official event on the 56 Venice Biennale, 2015.