Soviet myths and Western promises

I was born in 1988 in Leningrad, 3 years before “the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century”, as the Russian president Vladimir Putin described it, took place – the breakup of the USSR. Many people in Russia had great hopes and dreams but the reality in freedom and democracy was much harder than expected. People had no idea how to adapt that quickly to capitalism – and the few who adapted the best became the new ruler of Russia, the Oligarchs. So while the most part of the population became poor and lost in this new system (including my family), a very small group became nearly as rich and mighty as the former Czars. Experiencing the horrors of the 90ies in Russia, people stared to remember the soviet days in a nostalgic way, missing the safety and feeling of being the second World Power.
With this series, I am trying to process the different experiences I collected during these days, as well as the story I heard about “the good old days”.

Wasted Leningrad Youth

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The unknown Soldier in a dead cat’s grave

65 x 65 cm
Acryl and Varnish on Plastic

The Opium of the People

85 x 67 cm
Varnish on Plastic

Ivan Mouse

140 x 100 cm
Acryl and Varnish on Plastic

Brotherly Love

85 x 60 cm
Mixed Media

A Russian Soul

180 x 85 cm
Mixed Media

Disney Prison

25 x 15 x 15 cm
Acryl on Steel

Old Town

105 x 70 cm, 92 x 55 cm
Mixed Media

Proletarians of all countries, consume

118 x 87 cm
Acryl and Varnish on Paper

Sankt Petrow

40 x 34 cm
Varnish on Paper

Third Rome

95 x 55 cm
Varnish on Wood

Western Promises

50 x 90 cm
Mixed Media

The Wild 90ies

97 x 50 cm
Varnish on Wood

 

Wild Beast

47 x 85 cm
Acryl and Varnish on paper

The Big Fish

21 x 36 cm
Mixed Media

Soft Hard

53 x 85 cm
Varnish on Paper 

Potjomkin

30 x 30 cm
Mixed Media

Old Gods New Gods

40 x 66 cm
Mixed Media

Captain Russia

55 x 78 cm
Mixed Media

Hameln

48 x 70 cm
Acryl and Varnish on Paper

Lost and Found

40 x 77 cm
Acryl and Varnish on Paper

Milk and Honey

50 x 30 cm
Mixed Media