Moscow Diary, 2012

20 x 26 cm,
Pencil and crayon on paper
ca. 150 drawings
of the same size as the original manuscript

 

In the winter of 1926/27 Walter Benjamin travelled to Moscow. The diary of this journey is arguably his most personal legacy.

2012 I embarked in his tracks.

Same route
Same number of days
On the same streets.

 

 

 

 

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7. 12. 26
Before leaving, Asja tells the story of her illness.

9. 12. 26
carefully spelling out the shop signs, carefully proceeding over the ice.

10. 12. 26
on a small unheated streetcar with frosted windows.

11. 12. 26
a tiny litlle pipe.

12. 12. 26
I was still in the process of dressing.

14. 12. 26
This often happens to me: I barely hear what she is saying because I am examining her so intently.


But she made me promise that I would some day give her a big present that would remain with her for the rest of her life.

15. 12. 26
People band together in these spots, huddled against the cold.

finally lost.

19. 12. 26
the effect is like the architecture of a cake.
 

24. 12. 26
They wanted to spend it with me.
"If we think of itI, we'll wake you. But if we don't think of it, we won't.

26. 12. 26
She likes to lie there in her sack of blankets and listen to the crows in the air..

28. 12. 26
he prosecution demanded the death penalty. The peasant woman's summation: people always die.