Danila Tkachenko is a visual artist and documentary photographer. He graduated from the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.
His project Restricted Areas brought him numerous awards including Magnum photos “30 Under 30”, the Foam Talent Award, and Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Restricted Areas explores the human pursuit of utopia through technological advancement. Tkachenko traveled Russian and former Soviet republics, as well as countries that were under the Soviet influence, in search locations where remnants of such failed pursuits could be seen. He discovered secret, unmapped cities, forgotten scientific triumphs, and abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity - places that lost their significance together with the utopian ideology of the Soviet Union. The resulting images aim to remind us - according to Tkachenko - of “the perfect technocratic future that never came”.
The photograph exhibited here depicts the headquarters of Communist Party in Bulgaria, in the region of Yugoiztochen.