“Immerse” questions the representation of a city’s history via its architecture and monuments and how these in turn affect our definition of self. Sevastopol, Crimea, has always been a site of discord in the political arena because of its prominent location on the Black Sea. During the recent status referendum, almost one hundred percent of Sevastopol voted to join Russia; when asked why, many people said Russia is connected with city’s history and monuments. The project started as a series of talks with people up to thirty years old born and currently living in Sevastopol. When asked about the way their everyday environment formed their views, all participants chose monuments they could continue, develop with their own body. The project consists of interviews and images that illustrate hesitation in the construction of self-identity, the controversial attitude towards historical monuments and how the traditional Slavic idea of sacrificing one’s life for the greater good functions in the modern, post-Soviet world.

2014