In 1697 the Russian czar Peter the Great, 25 years old at the time, visited The Netherlands. He worked at a number of shipyards in and around Amsterdam in order to learn about modern shipbuilding. In 2007, Khoroshilova tried to retrieve the atmosphere and working conditions the czar must have experienced. She portrayed the people working at five historic shipyards, as well as the tools and machinery with which they work.
The book contains links to on-line audio files of interviews with a number of people working at these – almost without exception – family run businesses. With her projects, thus far realized in the Russian Federation, Germany and Holland, Khoroshilova evinces a genuine interest in history and the people’s relation to their own environment. The work of Anastasia Khoroshilova can be found in various important collections such as the Department of Special Collections, University Library Leiden.
Photography: Anastasia Khoroshilova
Editors: Bas Vroege, Aleksandra Kononiuk
Production: Aleksandra Kononiuk
Translation: Donald Mader
Design: Web Design and Animations: Yvo Zijlstra, Antenna-men, Rotterdam, NL
Printing: Veenman Drukkers, Rotterdam