“I want to attract attention to the theme of violence,” Hades says, “to the topic of opponents of totalitarian regimes who are murdered.”
“This project is devoted to the victims of totalitarian regimes, personified by Nemtsov,” she adds.
“I consider this a continuation of the Nemtsov theme — he was also murdered by a totalitarian regime,” Hades says. “It is a very important work for me and I am going to work seriously on it for a long time. The first thing I’m going to do is visit the Butovsky Firing Range, which is not far from here and where many, many people perished [executed by Stalin’s secret police].”
The victims of Butovsky and other secret-police killing sites under Stalin were shot from behind at close range, just as Nemtsov was.
“As a citizen, as a feminist, as an artist, as a person, I hate violence,” Hades says. “I hate totalitarian regimes.”