The parallel life

(Minsk, August 2020)
Andrej Romanenko (Pushkino, Russland)

I filmed the presidential elections in Minsk (9th August). I came to Minsk in advance to feel the atmosphere of the city and people. On the evening of the 8th, the historic center was full of young people. Street musicians were constantly playing the song “Сhange!” of the band „Kino“. There was some kind of unity and elation. Of course no one wore masks or gloves. The epidemic was forgotten. And the government did not officially recognize this problem. And I, walking along the streets, noticed this woman. She walked slowly among the crowd. Only she, out of habit or persuasion, was wearing a mask and gloves. Neon lights accentuated the complete surrealism of this moment.