When Yevgen Nikiforov started taking photographs of Ukrainian Soviet-era mosaics at the end of 2013, he didn’t know that more than three years later it would grow into a 255-page book titled “Decommunized: Ukrainian Soviet mosaics.”
The book, published by Osnovy in May, includes photographs of 200 mosaics throughout Ukraine, including Russian-occupied Crimea and parts of war-torn Donbas. They are divided into seven chapters: people, labor and industrialization, history and ideology, sport and leisure, science and space, folk and national motifs, small architectural forms and mosaic ensembles.
“I thought it was important to bring people’s attention to the fact that they’re surrounded by art,” Nikiforov said. “The art that is hidden by modern renovations, new tacky buildings and uncontrolled advertisements.”