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Back in the USSR: documenting the decay of the Soviet vision

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Dead Space and Ruins is a new exhibition in London exploring the deserted structures of the Soviet empire 

The group show of four artists includes photography and film documenting a ‘decaying architectural reminiscence of the Soviet vision’. The artists explore the ‘dead space left in the wake of the quest for progress’.

Eric Lusito’s work focuses on the militaristic power of the USSR from eastern Europe to eastern Siberia. His photographic series Traces of the Soviet Empire depicts the ruins of former bases, monuments and equipment from across the vast landmass.

In Restricted Areas, Danila Tkachenko presents the ’utopian striving of humans for technological progress’. The artist travelled to remote relevant sites - not found on maps or in travel guides - and discovered buildings, aeroplanes and submarines lying forgotten and dilapidating in the frozen tundra.

Turo, a film by Anton Ginzburg, investigates post-Soviet geography and icons of Constructivist architecture. The four chapters of the film explore different landmarks of Soviet Modernism - such as the Narkomfin building and ZIL - while proposing alternate futures for these and other settings through virtual, video game-like environments.

Finally, Vahram Aghasyan looks at deserted urban areas across the Soviet empire. Ghost City captures the deteriorating buildings that were once towns.

Dead Space and Ruins is Part 2 of the Calvert 22 Foundation’s ’Power and Architecture’ exhibition programme and is on show at the Calvert 22 Foundation 7 July – 7 August

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