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Hybrid exhibition “Eastern Block Stories” launched on January, 9, 2020

The exhibition “Eastern Block Stories” within the ACT|UP project takes place digitally and offline at Haus der Statistik, Berlin, from 09.01 to 24.01.2021.

Microrayons as a cultural heritage: Over decades, mass housing districts were considered characteristic features of post-socialist urbanity. Nowadays these districts are undergoing polarizing and difficult development processes. In the middle of transformation and change, we started collecting photos documenting exactly this process. What has emerged is the exhibition “Eastern Block Stories” – an authentic insight into urban culture ranging from Tbilisi to Sarinsk, covering the South Caucasus and the Altai.

The exhibition includes works of Jan Chudozilov, Irina Murinskaya, Lara Koncar, Mikolaj Kaleta, Nataliia Sova, Marco Fieber, Sergei Poletaev, Ilyas Hajji, Semen Antonov, Monica Consonni, Pavel Fedorov, Evgeniia Savdeeva, Serge Poliakov, Tom Bond; installation C’mon Room and Gldanipoly board game.

Due to the current COVID 19-related restrictions, the exhibition will be primarily documented online on all our social media channels. In case you are a journalist/expert and interested in getting a personal tour, please get in touch: Tinatin Gurgenidze tinatin@dekabristen.org.

On January 21 at 18:00 (Berlin time) we invite you to join the film & talk night. The documentary film “Garage People” (Germany, 2020, ‘95, Russian with English subtitles) offers an insight into different garages in the North of Russia and the life realities happening inside them: behind rusty doors everything can be found, except cars. Prior signup is required.
 
After the screening the film director Natalija Yefimkina and the urban researcher Tinatin Gurgenidze will talk about the phenomenon of the transformed garages in post socialist cities and its different newly adopted functions.

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Image credits: Christian Hanussek, Sophie Tiedemann
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