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September 30, 2015
March 20, 2016
More than 20 photographs by Russian and Belarusian artists capture once-powerful symbols of the eroding Soviet State. These works came to the BMA from Brenda Edelson, who served as the museum’s program director from 1973-85 and oversaw the BMA’s Downtown Gallery, the first satellite gallery in the country. Most of the works date to the 1980s when the Soviet Union was increasingly opening up to the west. Highlights of the exhibition include Sergey Kozhemyakin’s Transformation of the Image (1990), a series of four gelatin silver prints of a statue of Lenin that are scratched and darkened until the monument is rendered unrecognizable. Other artists drew inspiration for their work from everyday experiences. Boris Savelev’s image depicts a woman sitting outside in a box-car like device that was hoisted up so she could paint the high gallery walls of The State Hermitage Museum, while Alexander Slyusarev’s Snow on Steps (1980) is an abstract view of snowballs thrown against a dark, graffiti-covered wall.