Ilya Kabakov Installations, 2004

    The struggle with one's own memories, especially those of an unofficial artist in the last decades of the Soviet Union, has been the dominant theme of the work of Ilya Kabakov (born 1933 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine), since his 1987 move to the west. Kabakov invites us to enter a private sphere and reminds us of the ugly, depressing aspects of Russian Communism's decline into paranoia and oppression. The driving force behind Kabakov's artistic production has remained a recapitulation of his own past under the disintegration of Soviet civilization.



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