Solovki is how the islands of the Solovetsky Archipelago in the middle of the White Sea are commonly known in Russia. On the most protected part of the main island, next to a natural harbour, is the Orthodox complex of the Solovetsky Monastery, a World Heritage Site. But Solovki was also a Soviet prison. Today, everyone, inhabitants, monks and authorities, are trying to bury this tragic past. However, places have memory and that memory is imprinted in the lives of the people who live there.
Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Rafael Trapiello wanted to explore this territory visually in order to find the relationship between hell and paradise that defines it. Using a narrative strategy closer to poetry than to documentary, in all their images there is a strange tension between the spirituality and beauty of the environment and the terrible past that the islands on their coasts endure.