Africa and the Soviet Union: A Cultural Relationship in Pictures

Soviet poster from 1973, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1973, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks

“Red Africa” is the latest season at Calvert 22 Foundation, and it presents the cultural relationship between Africa, the Soviet Union and related countries during the Cold War. Its main exhibition “Things Fall Apart” illustrates the loss of a utopian perspective that followed the end of the Cold war and ultimately the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through a collection of interdisciplinary approaches in art and film by artists including Isaac JulienYevgeniy Fiks, Ângela Ferreira and Jo Ractliffe, the show reflects on liberation struggles, communist street art, and Soviet press and propaganda.

Scroll down for an abridged tour of the exhibition

Isaac Julien,
Isaac Julien, Fantome Creole Series (Cinema Cinema), 2005. Courtesy of Isaac Julien
Jo Ractliffe
Jo Ractliffe, Triptych I, mural portraits depicting Fidel Castro, Agostinho Neto and Leonid Brezhnev, painted on the wall of a house in Viriambundo, Angola, circa 1975 copyright Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town-Johannesburg
Jo Ractliffed
Jo Ractliffe, Triptych II, mural portraits depicting Fidel Castro, Agostinho Neto and Leonid Brezhnev, painted on the wall of a house in Viriambundo, Angola, circa 1975 copyright Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town-Johannesburg
Jo Ractliffe
Jo Ractliffe, Triptych II, mural portraits depicting Fidel Castro, Agostinho Neto and Leonid Brezhnev, painted on the wall of a house in Viriambundo, Angola, circa 1975 copyright Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town-Johannesburg
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Isaac Julien, Places des Cineastes, 2005. Courtesy of Isaac Julien
Soviet poster from 1920, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1920, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1933, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1933, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1932, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1932, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1967, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks
Soviet poster from 1967, part of the Wayland Rudd Archive. Courtesy of Yevgeniy Fiks

“Things Fall Apart” is at Calvert 22 in London from 4 February until 3 April 2016

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