Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego photograph colourful Soviet architecture across Central Asia - architecture and design

Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego photograph colourful Soviet architecture across Central Asia



Mosaics and murals feature in this photography series of Soviet-era architecture from Central Asia by photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego.
The duo's Soviet Asia series documents architecture constructed between the 1950s and 1991 in the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Top: Exhibition Hall of the Uzbek Union of Artists in Uzbekistan. Above: Lenin monument inThe State Academic Russian Theatre in Kazakhstanchor Tajikistan
The Soviet Union, or USSR, was a Russian socialist state that governed various parts of Europe and Asia from 1922 until its fall in 1991.
Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego travelled to former Soviet regions in order to capture various monuments, residential buildings and other landmarks. The result is a set of photographs that show brutalist Soviet architecture with elements such as colourful mosaics and frescoes. "In order to represent this complexity in the best way possible, we collected a big variety of architectural typologies," Conte and Perego told Dezeen.
Uzbekistan's Chorsu Bazaar
The photographers explained how the Soviet modernist buildings they studied present an intriguing clash of cultures.
"The architecture merges the need of the State to provide buildings consistent with the idea of a new kind of modern and socialist urban life, with local culture and traditions that were quite distant from a Moscow point of view," Conte and Perego told Dezeen.
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