“Perm Engines” represented “Youth Campus” exhibition at «Zavod Shpagina” social cultural space

At the beginning of September an exhibition “Youth Campus” was opened in the framework of the project “My digital youth” at «Zavod Shpagina” social cultural space in Perm. The exhibition was timed to coincide to the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and was dedicated to the life and labor feat of the young people who had worked at engine building company No.19 (today “UEC-Perm Engines”) during the war.    

It was the first time when the Museum of Perm engine building represented such a great large-sale exhibition in the city space – it’s square’s more than 700 m2. The basement of the project unites the photos, documents from the museum fund and the memories of the working youth of the company during the war period. Material presentation is very unusual, there are installations (for example, an enormous wooden table was replicated at which the company director Anatolii Soldatov greeted the young workers), and also information stands and the gallery of veterans’ photos. The artistic content is based on the kinesthetic communication with historical texts and photos, on visual metaphors,   touching the foundation of the contemporary world – digital reality.   

According to Valeria Gavrilova, the Head of Museum of Perm engine building history,   Figures in this case serve as language the war speaks to home front. Numbers of divisions, manufacturing standards of military production, bread ration – it is the whole digital universe, restricting the home front life severely. But under its cover unmeasurable illogic human feelings, wishes, dreams are living, which cannot be removed from youth even in war time”.  

The exhibition dips the visitors into atmosphere of war life in the home front. One of installations is a room of barrack full of metal construction beds. If you turn up the blanket on a bed, you can read authentic records of the mentors of the young workers. One of them reads:  “The lunch is long time over, but my toilers haven’t come yet. I ran about all the ways, looked in every storeroom, thinking they’re sleeping, but found my eager-beavers behind the shop. Playing football with the boys from the neighboring shop. I wish the football were real, but they were kicking a tin-can. Scattered everyone away. And thought what if get a ball and set up a real competition?   (8.08.1943)”.

Luibov Shavrina, a daughter of Alexandra Beliaeva, who lived in the youth campus and sewed the housings for aircraft engines, shared her emotions: “It’s cool that here you can’t just see the photos and read the texts, you can touch everything and imagine how the young people lived that time, how their everyday routine looked like. My mother reviewed the past, how it had been hard without parents and native home…”   







JSC “UEC-Perm Engines” is a serial manufacturer of aircraft engines, industrial gas turbine units for power generation and gas transport. JSC “UEC-Perm Engines” is included into JSC “United Engine Corporation”

JSC “United Engine Corporation” (included into the State Corporation Rostec) is an integrated structure specializing in development, serial manufacture and maintenance of the engines for military and civil aviation, space programs and navy, as well as oil and gas and power industry.

State Corporation Rostec is one of the largest industrial companies in Russia. It includes over 800 research and production organizations in 60 regions of the country. Their key activities are: aircraft engineering, radio electronics, medical technologies, innovative materials etc.  The corporation portfolio includes such famous brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Concern Kalashnikov, Russian helicopters, UEC, UralVagonZavod, Shvabe etc. Rostec is an active participant of all 12 national projects implementation. The company is a key supplier of Smart city technologies. It is engaged in state management, industrial and social sectors digitalization, development of wireless 5G technologies implementation plans, Industrial Internet of Things, big data and blockchain systems. Rostec is a partner of leading world manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli, Renault and others. The corporation products are delivered to over a hundred countries of the world. Almost 1/3 of the company revenue is provided by high-technology products export.