Total running time is 24 minutes, with music by the Russian National Orchestra
The video introduces Petrochenkov and his porcelain eggs and plates
exhibited at the Forbes Magazine Galleries in New York in 1997.
Then the action shifts to his basement studio in St. Petersburg to
learn how he makes his art. The video concludes with footage shot
by Yuri and his wife Nelly in 1975 at the first exhibit of unofficial
art in Leningrad.
Witness to the 1975 exhibition, Dr. Alison Hilton, currently Chair
of Georgetown University's Department of Art, Music and Theater, and
commentators Dr. Norton Dodge, the pre-eminent collector of Soviet
unofficial art, and author Suzanne Massie fill in the art historical details.
The artist says, "My work is like a diary. One might even call it
psychotherapy. It reflects my feelings and opinions. I go to my basement
studio on Red Cavalry Street and listen to Radio Russia. I listen to
classical music or the news and talk to myself. When I make plates, on the
back side I make notes. This becomes my memory. But it is hidden.
One message on the front is for the public. The back is private. It's a
long Russian tradition-porcelain plates with messages, porcelain eggs-both
can be inspirational."