The Siege of Leningrad was broken 75 years ago. We are used to read and hear stories about the heroism of soviet soldiers and citizens. Yet, war has many shades.

When it comes to events that took place in a besieged city where subsistence stores had been destroyed, one cannot but wonder how city dwellers managed to survive in it. Did some people try to save their own lives at others’ expense using their position of power? Did others share the last piece of bread with their neighbour?

Tikhiye golosa («Hushed voices») is an exhibition that translates the despair that took Leningraders during the Siege into the language of modern art. It also presents the diaries of contemporaries that keep speaking with us until today trying to deliver one simple message, «Anything rather than war!»

Никита Петров / Nikita Petrov