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New series of works on socialist realism ‘Goodbye, Lenin!’ was developed from artist’s submissions to a group show displayed in several cities in Ukraine at the beginning of 2017. The exhibition – ‘Mausoleum Renaissance’ – was focused on retrospective view at soviet time 25 years after Soviet system fell apart. It requested from artists a contemporary perspective on what is known as ‘life behind the iron curtain’.
Despite mixed feelings associated with the socialist era, it is important to provide a space for all views and experiences, especially when they come directly from artists who witnessed that time of the history. Every painting is certainly more than just a sarcastic memory flash, it is a personal story, it is a virtual touch to that mystic life in USSR.
Original ‘kitsch’ style brings a flavor of irony (or even a sarcasm), which even a quarter of a century would not have been possible. Each artwork was paired with a prototype, an existing painting (or print) made during USSR times: almost identical scenes but with a modern twist. However, even this is not it: all paintings are full of symbols and riddles, which intrigue and complement the overall experience from the past era in intellectual as well as emotional way.