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01.07.2011

 

Roman Bezjak. Socialist Modernity. A neutral view of a controversial architectural era

While the West has a tendency to regard the fossilized witnesses of planned economy and socialist modernism with scepticism, Roman Bezjak (*1962 in Slovenia) throws a rather impartial glance on the architecture of communism.

Following award-winning photo-documentaries for GEO and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine, Roman focused his travel endeavours on East and Southeast Europe in the last five years

With his large-format-camera, he photographed residential building estates, functional institutions, hotels and cultural hotspots at both familiar and strange locations from Tallin to Tirana, Dresden to Dnjepropetrowsk.

The results are several series of his personal archaeology of post-modern times without an ‘eastalgic’ distortion of perspective, because the utopia’s wear and tear and its arrival in everyday life are becoming more apparent. The publication captures a world that faces deconstruction, as was the case with the fall of the republic’s palace, which was radically done away with.

Roman Bezjak, born in 1962 in Slovenia, is a multi-award winning photographer, working for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine, until he was made a professor at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld in 2000.

The works will be on display until the 16th of October 2011 at the Sprengel Museum Hannover and at the Robert Morat Gallery, Hamburg in 2012 (21.1.–17.3.2012).

The exhibition is accompanied by an elaborate publication by Hatje Cantz.

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne

HATJE CANTZ VERLAG : Roman Bezjak - Sozialistische Moderne