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Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?"

Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?"
Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?", The Friendship of Nations Arch, Kyiv/Kiev. Image © Ryan Koopmans
The Friendship of Nations Arch, Kyiv/Kiev. Image © Ryan Koopmans

In a 'long view' piece for The Calvert Journal, Owen Hatherley tackles one of the most pressing cultural questions facing many former Soviet countries: should the Ukrainian capital of Kiev (or Kyiv) erase its Soviet past or learn to live with history? For a city which saw a popular revolution against "a grotesquely wealthy elite" last year, Kiev is developing a flourishing independent cultural scene. In this article Hatherley, who has taken part in the city's 2015 art biennial, expertly narrates the city's Soviet, post-Soviet and contemporary "oligarch-funded" architecture to ask: "if Soviet Ukraine can’t be wished away, what should be conserved, and what should be rejected?"

Read the article in full, here. Hatherley's piece is part of a series for The Calvert Journal called Kiev Now.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Should the Ukrainian Capital "Erase its Soviet Past or Learn to Live With History?"" 17 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/777312/should-the-ukrainian-capital-erase-its-soviet-past-or-learn-to-live-with-history/> ISSN 0719-8884
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