Soviet Union died twenty-nine years ago but the ghost of its totalitarian past lives on, most prominently in the very landscape of the country. The brutal architecture of soviet modernism remains in many cities in Ukraine, visually manifesting the bygone ideology of another era. What was supposed to become the past, continues to be the present. If urban spaces shape the values of its residents, what does it feel like to live in a post-soviet Ukraine today?
To explore this question, Minimal Movie together with landscape architecture Maksim Kotsiuba, created a short film titled Landscape Architecture: Rethinking The Future out of a Totalitarian Past. The project explores the past, present, and future of urban spaces in Ukraine and captures the unique historical process of building new communities in the post-soviet landscape.