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Photographer Niels Ackermann and the journalist Sébastien Gobert went in search of Lenin. In the summer of 2015, they set off, traveling through Ukraine in search of crumbled stone and fragments of metal. What began as a simple journey of curious friends became a fascinating investigation, an astonishing adventure through Ukraine in upheaval.
Every statue, whether found in a garbage dump, in the locker room of a nuclear plant, in a private collection or transformed into Darth Vader, tells a story. Through a collection of photographs, halfway between documentary and symbolism, the authors create a catalogue and typology of this decommunisation, capturing the issues of memory for this country that is seeking its own identity. Lenin is dead; Lenin is no longer with the Ukrainians. But his name still weighs heavily on the present and future of Ukraine.
Dates: 13th January - 25th March 2018
Open: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
Photo: Shabo, Odessa Region, Ukraine from Looking For Lenin © Niels AckermannKremenchuk, 30 march 2016 © Niels Ackermann