In 2003-2005 Leonid Tishkov began the Private Moon Journey, which since then has travelled to different locations around the world, including the Arctic in 2010 to highlight environmental problems associated with global warming. “Private Moon” is a visual poem telling the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her for the rest of his life.

“In the upper world, in fact in the attic of his own house, he saw the Moon falling off from the sky. Once she was hiding from the Sun in a dark and damp tunnel. But the passing trains frightened her. Now she came to the man’s house. Having wrapped the Moon with warm blankets he treated her with autumn apples, gave her a cup of tea, and when she got well he took her in his boat across the dark river to the high bank overgrown with moon pine-trees…”

The Moon overcomes our loneliness in the universe, uniting us around it. Private Moon Leeuwarden will be a new episode of encounters, in which the LUNA visitors are invited to add their photos and stories.

Leonid Tishkov lives and works in Moscow. His large-scale installations aim to engage viewers into absurdist situations with fictional characters and theatrical action.

Private Moon is mogeljik gemaakt door het Leeuwarder bedrijf Pyrasied dat de maan voor dit werk geheel uit gerecycled materiaal heeft geproduceerd. Na het festival wordt de maan ingesmolten en gaat een nieuw leven in andere vorm tegemoet.

Picture (c) Xanne Vera