Gregor Sailer

The Potemkin Village


The work of the Austrian photographer and designer Gregor Sailer (Schwaz, 1980) has reflected an interest in architecture from the outset, as can be seen in series like ‘Closed Cities’ or in his works on industrial buildings in Hungary and Poland. Between 2015 and 2017 he completed ‘The Potemkin Village,’ a research on this concept inspired in the Russian myth according to which marshal Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin built fake settlements to conceal the ruinous state of the newly annexed Crimea from the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. The result is a showcase of counterfeit architecture that includes replicas of European cities in China or settlements for combat training in the US... [+]

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