Sasha Rudensky Statement

Artist Statement
The series Remains explores the political and social transformation of the former Soviet Union in the aftermath of the collapse of communism. Rather than concentrating on the global changes in the region, my photographs focus on the more intimate details of daily life; the interiors and exteriors that form an 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 laid upon the region eighty years ago. The photographs transcend the specificity of locations where they were shot. Instead, my work concentrates 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.

Process Statement
The photographs are shot on either 6x7 or 35mm color film and are printed by the artist in the darkroom using standard C-Print process.

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