Elian Somers, Birobidzhan - Border Theories, 2009–2013; Courtesy of the artist and SMBA.
The scraped urban aesthetics of the former Soviet bloc seem to be ubiquitous in contemporary art right now. I guess there’s nothing quite like a pale concrete block standing against the sky to satisfy our taste for minimalism and tickle our romantic nerves at the same time…
Enclaves with Double Histories: Elian Somers at SMBA, by Nicola Bozzi

Elian Somers, Birobidzhan - Border Theories, 2009–2013; Courtesy of the artist and SMBA.


The scraped urban aesthetics of the former Soviet bloc seem to be ubiquitous in contemporary art right now. I guess there’s nothing quite like a pale concrete block standing against the sky to satisfy our taste for minimalism and tickle our romantic nerves at the same time…

Enclaves with Double Histories: Elian Somers at SMBA, by Nicola Bozzi

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