“Homo Sovieticus” project initially sought to document existing Lenin monuments in Ukraine to understand why they remained and what purpose they were now serving. In September 2013, the monuments were still dotting Post-Soviet landscape. In 2014, after the Euromaidan uprising, many of the documented Lenin statues were toppled by protesters as the fallout turned deadly in the Donbass region. By premonition, some of the documented locations coincided with the faultlines of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
With these developments, “Homo Sovieticus” acquired new perspectives shifting from nostalgia to symbolic analysis of a nation’s psyche. Using A. Bogdanov’s sci-fi novel “Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia” (1908), “Homo Sovieticus” traces back the forgotten ideals and visions of a revolutionary transformation of society. Narrated in Esperanto, the video conflates documentary history with contemporary reality of political strife, confusion, and optimism, as yet another revolution holds new promises for a conflict torn nation.
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