A visible horizon is a line where the sky meets the Earth's surface, as well as all the visible space around an observer. In the context of the exhibition, this concept took the form of a line circle closely connected with the personal horizon and the inner perception of a place.
"Observer's Invisible Horizon" is an attempt to reconstruct childhood memories of traveling on the AN-2, providing the story of how traveling on the plane broadened the horizon of the artist's personal experience. The research proceeds from childhood memories to real documents: found photographs, audio recordings of conversations with pilots, and a map of local airlines.
The idea of the exhibition logically stems from the Route project presented by Shchigalev during "The Long Stories of Perm" festival in Summer 2017. The artist visualized his own childhood memories about travels from Ust-Chyornaya to Chusovoy. It was the first time he mentioned AN-2 aircraft in his work:
"The airplane was like a bus… once my mom and I went to the hospital by airplane".
The artist continues using this principle of correspondence between the author's text appearing at the exhibition walls with the objects — painting, graphics, installation — in the "Observer's Invisible Horizon".
The project consists of 4 parts, each of them presenting installations, graphics, paintings, and found objects accompanied by the author's texts. The exhibition features documentation of the research process that preceded the project, as well as the AN-2 tail stabilizer provided by the Perm Aviation Museum (authentic 7m long object without covering).