In an attempt to recreate the past we create the illusion that we control our present. And therefor future. In reality it is a rather dark view of an irrevocably damaged nature born out of a human longing to find meaning with and within the natural world. It is a way of staving off the inevitable, of holding onto the past and connecting to memory that won’t contain. Nowhere is this more poignant than in the museum of Natural History in Aralsk, a former Soviet fishing port. The more broken and damaged the creatures, the more powerful the reading of the ecological disaster that has troubled this region for the past 5 decades.