Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

Grotesque details occasionally hint at a satiric purpose, but ultimately this is a tenser, sadder tale that underscores the horror and despair of post-Soviet life. Ganieva immerses us in a world where corruption and violence are so widespread and legal protections so meaningless that even love at first sight cannot guarantee a happy ending. Social pressures and empty traditions are all that seemingly remain of the fabric of society, and vestigial institutions from the Soviet period (cults of personality, political youth groups and meetings) have somehow macabrely become reanimated.