New York-based artist Viktorsha Uliyanova presents “MARX is DEAD and that’s OK”, a 35mm visual narrative exploring themes of the vanishing Lenin era, family histories, and the cultural landscape of contemporary Russia. The series poses as a reflection on demolition of brutalist Soviet regime as well as continuous yearning for the past. Uliyanova’s photographs draw upon personal memories, monolithic concrete homes, historical conflicts and their permanent imprint on modern day life.
Moscow nightmare notes:
“Where to start this in a tub of smoke or ugly monochromes. The hour of the day when it’s no longer about breathing. I came to meet and tell you, I do not care for Futurism. It answers only in the past tense. These white nights I miss most. But they come and go like death or something terrible unknown to me. Standing quietly and obsolete someone chopped down the birches. That night you came into my dream as islands. As moving stone-heads. As four black crows. How should I say, that yes, this place is evil. Even the aerodrome is lonesome and heats like some iconic death trap. I do not want to write a war poem. The dead are already dead. Flip a coin- heads you lose, tails you lose.”