In 2015 Russian government started to implement the program of Patriotic education as a result of which now thousands of children take up arms every day. Teenagers go to patriotic clubs for communication, at the insistence of parents or from idleness but in fact in the basements of houses they are taught to kill.

 

The Patriotic club is an environment with simulators of reality, mannequins and props, as well as posters about the non-existent threat. In patriotic clubs state ideology and ordinary life come in touch with each other.  During rifle shooting classes I was taking portraits of teenagers. They chose weapons and stances for all the photos themselves. I was interested in the moment of interaction between a teenager and a weapon. How will he grab it? Where will he direct it? Will he feel confidence or awkwardness? And what will I and the viewer sense in this interaction: confusion and anxiety for the fact that any weapon can unpredictably go off sooner or later, or a feeling of safety instead?