Sasha Rudensky Remains

Watermelon Peels, Moscow, Russia

Watermelon Peels, Moscow, Russia

Slide, Lvov, Ukraine

Slide, Lvov, Ukraine

Mannequin by VDNX, Moscow, Russia

Mannequin by VDNX, Moscow, Russia

Green Bed, Tbilisi, Georgia

Green Bed, Tbilisi, Georgia

Park by Mariinsky, St. Petersburg, Russia

Park by Mariinsky, St. Petersburg, Russia

Photo Studio, Moscow, Russia

Photo Studio, Moscow, Russia

Birch Trees, Vladimir, Russia

Birch Trees, Vladimir, Russia

Misha's Living Room, Tambov, Russia

Misha's Living Room, Tambov, Russia

Tambov Refrigerator, Tambov, Russia

Tambov Refrigerator, Tambov, Russia

Sasha Rudensky’s series “Remains” explores the political and social transformation of the former Soviet Union in the aftermath of the collapse of the communist regime. Rather than concentrating on the global changes in the region, her photographs focus on the more intimate details of daily life, the interiors and exteriors that form the essence of a culture. The sparsely decorated kitchens and living rooms, abandoned playgrounds and store windows, the peeling facades all exhibit a stamp of sameness, that Soviet ideology has laid upon the region eighty years ago. The personal, yet simultaneously restrained photographs transcend the specificity of locations where they were shot. Instead, they concentrate on the common experience that at one point united the Soviet republics into a nation, and now unites them in the common experience of disintegration. A feeling of nostalgia and weariness permeates the images, which points to the reservation with which former Soviet citizens look towards their unclear future.

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