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  • Perestroika, Liberalization and Experimentation, mid 1980s-2010FotoFest Russian Events

    The mid/late 1980s and the 1990s were a period of profound transition for the Soviet Union. The well-known reform movements Glasnost (openness) and Perestroika (economic restructuring) changed the country irrevocably. It was a twenty-five year period of remarkable diversity and creativity in Russian photography.


    2101 Winter St, 77007
    713-223-5522
    March 16-April 29
    Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
    Reception, March 21, 6-8pm




  • Perestroika, Experimentation and Liberalization at Spring Street StudiosFotoFest Russian Events


    1824 Spring Street 77007
    Photography and other art forms saw a burst of creative energy and multi-faceted experimentalism that moved in many different directions. The first years of Perestroika were marked by hope. Artists not only re-interpreted all aspects of Soviet political language and life, but they also often moved art into non-traditional spaces, bringing it directly to the public. Later, with the ensuing political and economic chaos of the mid 1990s, artists became more openly critical, confronting traditional Soviet mores and parodying the external realities of Soviet-Russian life and ideology. In the early 21st century, as the heady and often violent conditions of change began to stabilize, many artists turned toward aesthetic and metaphysical explorations of photography itself. It was a twenty-five year period of remarkable diversity and creativity in Russian photography.

    The two Perestroika exhibitions are the largest of the Russian presentations at the FotoFest 2012 Biennial. They present a number of internationally-known Russian artists. 


GALLERY LOCATION FotoFest at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring, 77007
713.223.5522 (FF)


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