The courtyard is a model of the universe.
People are like planets in it; each has its orbit.
Tell me about your yard; tell me about your dream.
We will launch it into the sky.
I am a part of the cosmos,
just like you.
“MICROCOSMOS” poster, 2021. © Daria Pugachova. Photo: Ann Evstigneeva
“Microcosmos” is a documentary movie about life in the post-Soviet neighborhood of Polovky in Poltava (Ukraine) made at the end of 2021. The artist roams the neighborhood as an astronaut. She talks with residents of Polovky about their dreams, life, and memories of their childhood in the yards where they live. After these encounters the artist performs at a stadium, launching their dreams out to space.
The premiere of “Microcosmos” took place in Poltava in February 2022 at the Jump Contemporary Art Centre. At the exhibition, the artist, in addition to the film, presented a series of portraits of the residents of Polovky and an astronaut's suit with patches that embodied their dreams. In two weeks, Russia started a war in Ukraine, and the exhibition was closed.