Embroidery in the Gulag was a means of communication between the “zone”, and freedom. A message was often embroidered on the rag to make it easier to hide and to transmit information. Embroidery hoops share a similar look to officer caps. Sea maps are embroidered on the caps, which represent sea routes between the islands of the “Gulag Archipelago”.
Black and white circles form a pattern of the stones in a game of ‘Go’. The main idea in ‘Go’ is the conquest of territories, which refers to the stereotype of the ‘Chinese threat’, the complex history of the Russian Far East and geopolitical ambitions.