A Monument to the Unknown Citizen is a site-specific playground that presents a possible future of a social monument. The idea departs from the Yugoslavian animation series Professor Balthazar produced by Zagreb Film in the time between 1967–1984 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, during the Cold War.
The monument combines the transnational histories of contemporary time between three countries: Sweden, Yugoslavia, and Russia. It proposes an interpretation of the work by early constructivist architect Moisei Ginzburg in Ekaterinburg and Ernst Neizvestny, a modernist Russian Artist and Sculpture’s work: A memorial for Raoul Wallenberg (1985), part of the collocation of his works at The Museum Tree of Life, Gallery Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden.
The monument at its core is a storytelling object, which tells stories about play, playfulness, utopianism, and exile. The monument functions as a place with a potential to allow for social communities and interaction. It serves as a children’s workplace located in Asbest, the city that even the sun cannot burn.
This site-specific artwork is produced with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Sverdlovsk region, the Embassy of Sweden, and the Uralasbest.