With Motherland, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko has created a radical and highly political group of works. In this instance Tkachenko looks at the forced collectivisation of agriculture in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1937, in the course of which farmers were forced to surrender their farms and join kolkhozes, or collective farms. Set within jet-black nighttime landscapes, burning timber houses, fences and other objects are pictured in a central position within the image, with raging tongues of fire blazing out of windows and doors. For this series Tkachenko literally burned the remnants of a bygone Russian era. Motherland depicts images of fire from abandoned villages, of which there are thousands and thousands in Russia. By burning the relics of that time, the artist is seeking symbolically to create space for the future, for new utopian scenarios.