5. Soviet Mosaics 2019
School ProjectThroughout the former USSR, monumental works of mosaic art can be found. During the Soviet era, these images were a state-led alternative to modern street art: they made the grey and uniform architecture vivid and interesting. However, every masterpiece hides encrypted stories, as they were also used for national manipulation and government propaganda.
SOVIET MOSAICS is an exhibition curated by The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris featuring the work of the photographer Nino Siradze who travelled all over the territory for four years in search for monumental mosaics of the 1950–1980s. Over this time, he visited more than 200 cities and villages where he found and took record of thousands of pieces.
Photography: Nino Sidarze