Bieke Depoorter / Lanoo Uitgeverij / softcover / 2011
For three periods of one month, Bieke Depoorter (1986) has let the Trans-Siberian express guide her alongside forgotten villages, from living room to living room. Some Russian words, scribbled on a little piece of paper, allowed her to be welcomed and absorbed in the warm chaos of a family. Accidental encounters led her to the places where she could sleep. The living room, the epicentre of their life, establishes an intimate contact between the Russian inhabitants. For a brief moment, she was part of this. Their couch became her bed for one night. In this way, she experienced transient, but very powerful, shared moments.