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Growing up in the communist Uzbekistan, Artist Ira Eduardovna has often heard about the fortune of her ancestors had before the revolution.
Those stories received a mythical quality as Eduardovna’s family were struggling through the slow collapse of the communist regime. In 1990, the family emigrated from the Soviet Union, while being accused of betraying the country. The departure began with a four-day train journey from Uzbekistan to Moscow. This train journey was a traumatic event, completely erased from the artist’s memory. Apparently, that journey was on the same railroad that was funded By Eduardovna’s great grandfather, a wealthy merchant, to connect Uzbekistan to Russia so he can travel across the land for his business. The entire cast of the project are immigrants from the former USSR. The two-channel video combines footage from the trip to Uzbekistan, and the reenactment of the beginning of the train journey.