The 19th Century Art-Style Apartment with Lancet Window, Brick Walls, Indian Stuff and Loads of Phototechnique
It was three years ago when a three-room apartment on Sennaya Square welcomed its new dwellers – Hanna and her husband Sasha. The house was built in the early 19th century by General Bezobrazov as a rooming one – granted on lease to the merchants of Sennoy market. The front of the building overlooks Sennaya Square, while the view opening from the windows of the dwelling is Moskovsky Avenue panorama and plenty of clear blue sky. That was the very major factor, so untypical for St. Petersburg, which played its decisive role in selecting this very flat. By the way, at the moment of purchase the dwelling was a separated ex-communal apartment, which didn’t even have a bathroom under the original plan.
People of art, the new hosts devote most of their time to creative projects and prefer long voyages to short vacations. This partially explains the fact that a great share of the apartment is still not finished: arranged here is a temporary kitchen, and the walls are used for testing the paints. Actually all the works, from demolishing the walls, leveling the floors and wiring, are done with the hosts’ own hands.
The “Moskva” type-writer was brought as props for photoshoots.
The picture was painted by Hanna in India.
Stick is one of numerous musical instruments played by Sasha.
The large-format camera is functional.
The tanpura is an Indian musical instrument made of a pumpkin.
The “African Series” portrait is one Hanna’s first paintings.
These are souvenirs, friends’ gifts and small stuff for heart and soul.
The screen features Hanna’s shot from the “Distorted Gravity” series.
The Picasso cup was brought from the Ukraine.
Hanna’s birthday gift of a famous artist Gavril Lubianin.
Hanna’s photographic technique.
The developed films cuttings are called “scalps”.
For the time being the bedroom is located on the second floor.
The lancet window overlooks the field kitchen, arranged in the un-finished part of the flat.
The hosts match colors of future walls under the Benjamin Moore color pallet.
The view opening from the window.
Hanna, a photographer
Sasha, a musician
Number of rooms: 3
Metric area: 100 m²
Ceiling height: 3.4 m