Marge Monko

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17 pigment prints, 2009-2012
The series Fall of the Manufacture portraits abandoned Textile Factory Kreenholm in Narva, the border city between Estonia and Russia. Kreenholm Manufacture was established in 1857 by baron Ludwig Knoop. Main production fields of the factory were spinning of linen, as well as weaving and rendering of textile. In addition to the production buildings the factory complex included following facilities: worker’s barracks; shops; a sauna; a day nursery and a hospital. Because of considerable number of under-aged and illiteral employees, the factory also owned a two-grade school.
With it’s 40 000 workers Kreenholm was one of the largest textile factories in Soviet Union. It was privatised in 1994 and since then it has reduced it’s fields of operation by degrees. Today the large factory complex standing almost unused embodies the fall of the industrial age.
Kreenholm #1