The closed microcosm of garage co-ops, where the socio-economic environment has blended with personal space, provides a step back in time. Men are still boys, but their tinkering is both the trade and hobby of individual entrepreneurs, since self-exploitation as leisure time activity is a time capsule where neoliberalism has enclosed the postindustrial proletariat.
Artist and director Katrīna Neiburga has boldly gone on an expedition to these mysterious areas and returned with many strange, romantic, practical, sad and joyful stories about life in garages.
“Once I filmed people who still own their home gardens which in Soviet era were a semi-autonomous zone in the city for people to grow their own vegetables and fruits” Katrīna Neiburga tells about the initial idea for the film. “But these gardens where either torn down or replaced with bigger farms or private house areas – it was clear that the city gardens are slowly dying. In one of the gardens I met Kostya and he told me: “You are filming in the wrong place. This in not where you can find the real life – the real life is in garages”, and yes I was very interested in this “real men life”, so Kostya took me to his garage and that’s how my adventure in men’s world started.” / versiunea scurta – The solitary universe of garage co-operatives. Here men are like small children lost in the labyrinths of sheds and their own fiction. For many fiddling with engines or self-made mechanisms is both a hobby as well as means to survive in the grey area of economics pastime as a time capsule in which neoliberalism has locked the post-industrial working classes.
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