On December 22, 1849, Fedor Dostoevsky, amongst 24 prosecuted for political activism ‘Petrashevsky circle’ members, was led before the firing squad but received a last-minute reprieve. The first three of the sentenced men were tied to the poles for execution as the amnesty was announced. For the period of 5 minutes, each of the convicts was under the impression that the time of their death is certain, final and inevitable.
Curator: Aga Paulina Młyńczak
Image Credit: Katerina Sidorova