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In pictures: Relics of the Soviet era

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image captionA new exhibition showcasing the work of three artists focusing on abandoned spaces - Dead Space and Ruins - has opened at Calvert 22 Foundation in London.
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image captionTaking inspiration from the vast landscape of the former Soviet Union, the works aim to "explore the theme of 'Dead Space', left in the wake of the quest for progress". It is the second exhibition from Calvert 22’s Power and Architecture season.
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image captionDanila Tkachenko's Restricted Areas series captures brutalist ruins looming out of the mist and snow of frozen vistas.
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image captionPart wreckage, part monument, the scenes show the decaying architectural memories of a Soviet vision. This image shows the world’s largest diesel submarine.
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image captionTkachenko travelled to locations that had been off-limits in the former Soviet Union, such as this deserted observatory.
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image captionBy looking at these pictures, Tkachenko says, “we can imagine one possible future and look at it in an abstracted way”.
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image caption"Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology, which is now obsolete," says Tkachenko.
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image caption"Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came."
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image captionEric Lusito’s series, Traces of the Soviet Empire and Vahram Agasian's Ghost City, also feature in the show.
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image captionDead Space and Ruins is part of the Power and Architecture season at Calvert 22 Foundation and will run until 7 August 2016.

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