Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

A bench is like a model of the world. Everything goes around a bench. Couples who can’t find another place for passion, hoboes who use a bench as home, a table, a toilet and a bed, students who always break benches or prepare for exams sitting on them, old people who live their last days on a bench…

Eugene Kotenko chose one ordinary bench and was describing its life for four years. It had been gray but then was painted blue, trash bins appeared and disappeared and more new people kept coming to spend some part of their life on the bench.

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

Four Years of One Bench

This is E. Kotenko himself.

51 thoughts on “Four Years of One Bench”

  1. Russia needs better hygiene they do not take good care of teeth. In Germany we take good care of hygiene and teeth not many people in Russia seem to look clean they appear very stinky looking.

  2. The Comrade is obviously reading “Das Kapital.” It is so enthralling one forgets all spacetime and you enter the true quantum Universe.

    • I read it twice, all three volumes. Its analytic deductions are interesting, especially about the theory of value and price, but also about business cycles (tendency of the falling rate of profit as built in crisis mechanism of capitalism). So from a scientific point of view it has some value to it, but the political and social consequences in the USSR were just disastrous.

  3. Ukraine == Russia

    IT has been and always will be the SAME country, it is RUSSIANS living there. Plus, hygiene is poor – stinky people and rotten teeth.

  4. Typical. Russians always claim Ukrainians are Russians too and so is Ukraine, that it has always been part of Russia. That’s until it’s a bunch of drunks looking foolish in the park, then “That’s not Russia, it’s Ukraine!” 😀

    • Ironic. When it comes to Ukranian beauties, you too should have some sort of claim at that because your grandparents or whatever, “miraculously” originated from Ukraine. But anything else…. Lol. Practice what you teach, hirsh.

        • Have you ever seen a bench in Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans…well it would be the same picture, just with WASPs, Irish, Blacks and Latinos.

          • lol Difference is we don’t whine that’s not Detroit, it’s Canada! then turn around and claim credit for the good things in Canada. Russians always in denial about the ugly truths, eager to accept fame for the good things in the FSU!

        • miraculous because most Russophobes always have some relative or other who “heroically” or “miraculously” “escaped”. That was me being skeptical.

          Sigh… Practice what you teach means you yourself should do the things you advise other people to do. Twist it a bit, and you can say you yourself should correct your flaws, before you point out the same flaws in someone else. That being good advice, I’ll take it, but I doubt you can properly even process my comment. Lol.

          • Nothing miraculous or heroic about it. They just had the common sense to get out of Tsarist Russia when the getting was good, and America was still wide open to immigration. The streets didn’t turn out to be paved with gold, but life was good enough and they went on to good things. Unlike what their lives would have been under 70 lost years of failed communist BS.

            • You just proved my point. “The streets didn’t turn out to be paved with gold, but life was good enough and they went on to good things.” And yet, somehow someone whos never been even close to knowing Russia, knows more about life in Russia, than a Russian whos lived there all his life. Lol. Ironic isn’t it, when you accuse me of doing something similar a while ago.

                • Could explain your Russophobia, yes – it is just that way kid. Prejudice is usually tied to the upbringing and that is tied to the history, culture and religion of the family. All the Soviet/Russian Jews I met abroad literally despise Russia and the Russian people. The same goes for the western Ukrainians who have a pathetic hatred for the “Moskali”. It is just my observation.

                    • So it is the Russians fault that others are aggressive, bitter and heinous? The Russians could also hat jews because of communism and also hate the latins because of the aggression of the Rzeszpospolita in the past. But the fact is that they do not. So haters gonna hate…

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