The Big Wild Field Draft

Oleksandr Burlaka (UA)

The rise of the heavy industry in southeastern Ukraine started when a Welsh businessman, John Hughes, founded the plants for coal, iron and rail production in 1870-ies. Later, this economic region became the heart of the Soviet state's economy. Before industrialization, these areas to the north of the Black and Azov Seas were known as the Wild Field.
The Wild Field was traversed by important trade and warpaths. The first map of it was commissioned by the Tsar of Moskovia, Ivan IV the Terrible, in the mid 16th. Book of the Great Drawing is a later textual description of this lost map. The book contains descriptions of various reference points of the ways which still exist. The historical stratification of the paths, rivers, and villages later became the core of urbanization of the region and the scheme for the coal mining industry.
The Russian invasions of 2014-2022 returned the paths back to their war destination.

Music: SELERA, 2022

Editing, subtitles: Lera Guevska

Support received from

Online residency "Landscape as a Monument" 2020

Oleksandr Burlaka (born in 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Kyiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 2005. Artistic practice includes photography, research, installation, and often examines architecture and its transformation.