The series Nomenklatura of Signs was created at the crossroad of two different epochs, the totalitarian regime and Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika. It balances between the tragedy and mockery, and consists of collages produced by the imposition/ overlapping of several negatives, traditional photographs, individual objects, and installations.
In 1991, a short story [click to download PDF] was added as a concluding fragment to this series.
For seventy-three years of their existence, the ruling party elite (called by the people "Nomenklatura") enjoyed particular privileges and engendered with the image and likeness of themselves another type of nomenclature – a nomenclature of signs. This means that people and everyday practices were replaced by special visual signs. Consequently, the portrayal of real Soviet life became a criminal offense, punishable by being sentenced to serving a term at the labor camp, GULAG, or even by execution.
In 2000, the Centre National de l’Audiovisuel in Luxemburg, together with the society Friends of The Family of Man, commissioned Titarenko to produce an audiovisual presentation entitled Nomenklatura of Signs. This slide show, accompanied by Dmitri Shostakovich’s music, was shown in Clerveaux castle in Luxemburg as a part of the annual performance series in commemoration of Edward Steichen and his exhibition The Family of Man.