The project Nonatu telling us about the relationship between people from different cultural patterns and nature. Living in the cities all over the world people transform urban flora and fauna. Ilya spent several time in the city exploring what people «left» after themselves. The process was much similar to archaeological study based on pottery and ceramic findings, tree roots, stones, houseplants abandoned on the streets or thrown flowers. The «archaeological record» included all these artifacts giving the opportunity to study human history and to create its alternative version. Artist trying to dissociate modern humanity from the projection of studied alternative civilization by material culture analysis. Artist realized the first part of Nonatu project in Samara city. It is the sixth largest city in Russia, which is located on the east bank of the Volga river. The Volga is widely viewed as the national river with great importance for the local people. Its importance has been saved through centuries. Even now city-center with most prestigious districts is situated near the river. People spend their time here working, fishing, relaxing and constantly being proud of Volga. Thus, the alternative civilization studied through artifacts artist has found had a very strong connection with the river. We could easily imagine how this civilization worships the Volga river. They built bunds and manmade islands for keeping themselves near the river. During the summer they lived in the trees near the river and observed the mood of water spirits. All hypotheses were confirmed with exhibited graven images, prototypes of their trees-based houses and other items of the archeological landscape.
The Nonatu project was implemented in several stages in different cities and countries. In particular, in 2017 work on the project was carried out within the framework of Residency Residency.ch (Bern, Switzerland) and Residency Center D’Arte La Rectoria (Barcelona, Spain).