Post-Soviet Visions: image and identity in the new Eastern Europe

23 Feb 2018 – 15 Apr 2018

Event times

Wed–Sun, 12pm–6pm

Cost of entry


Calvert 22 Foundation

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 55, 48, 242, 78, 47, 26, 67, 149, 243, 8, 35, 135, 388
  • 1 minute walk from Shoreditch High Street
  • 10 minute walk from Liverpool Street or Old Street

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A group show of photography from the New East


Join us on Thursday 22 February for the private view at Calvert 22 Space and after party at Miranda at Ace Hotel with live electronic music by Kedr Livanskiy and DJ sets. More info here.

Post-Soviet Visions: image and identity in the new Eastern Europe is a group show of photography exploring new visual representations of lifestyle and landscape in Eastern Europe. The exhibition gathers the work of a young generation of artists rising to prominence a quarter century after the end of Communism.

The photographers in Post-Soviet Visions come from Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Although the personal circumstances of the photographers born in Eastern Europe differ, they share a common past with either they, or their parents, growing up in countries that once existed under Communist rule. Today, they live within the globally connected modern world where borders of East and West are erased by new technologies. But the physical traces of the past can be seen in work such as Jedrzej Franek’s dizzying shots of Polish tower blocks and Michal Korta’s striking black and white images of Brutalist buildings in Skopje, Macedonia.

Following the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 and the end of its influence over its satellite states, the countries of the former Eastern Bloc have each forged their own paths. In artworks such as Hassan Kurbanbaev’s portraits of teenagers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and David Meskhi’s photos of skater kids in Georgia, Post-Soviet Visionscaptures the new identities emerging across the region. Instead of old binaries of East vs West, socialist vs capitalist, their images capture a generation shaped by issues that are personal rather than the political; by questions of sexuality, gender and style.

Curated by Ekow Eshun and Anastasiia Fedorova.

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Ekow Eshun

Anastasiia Fedorova

Exhibiting artists

Masha Demianova

Genia Volkov

Dima Komarov

Michal Korta

Ieva Raudsepa

David Meskhi

Paulina Korobkiewicz

Hassan Kurbanbaev

Grigor Devejiev

Pavel Milyakov

Armen Parsadanov

Jędrzej Franek

Patrick Bienert and Max von Gumppenberg


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