Evgenia Gubkina. The Underground Railway of Kharkiv and Dnipropetrivsk in the Epoch of the “Developed Socialism”


Saturday, February 7th 2015, 18:00
Visual Culture Research Center (44 Hlybochytska Street (1st floor), Kyiv)

Visual Culture Research Centre and “Political Critique” invite you to the lecture by architecture researcher Evgenia Gubkina, which will take place on Saturday, February 7th, at 18:00.

In her lecture, Evgenia Gubkina will talk about the underground as an embodiment of myths about progress and prosperity that exist in the world and Soviet architecture. Why interiors of the stations were developed by the best architects and no expense was spared for the decoration? How the opening of new areas was used as propaganda instrument? By the example of subways in Kharkiv and Dnipropetrivsk Evgenia will show if the attitude to the subway in the 60 – 80s had changed, and how the “underground palace” of the late modernism looked like. What are the main conceptions and characteristics of the underground in the period of “stagnation”? Had the underground become utilitarian and not utopian project?

Evgenia Gubkina – is a scholar and curator, developer and guide of the route “Linear Сity” for the conference by international organization DOCOMOMO. Since 2012, consultant of the project “Ukrainian Weeks of the Constructivism” at Lenin gallery of contemporary art in Zaporizhia. In 2013 she was the co-founder of the project “Ukraine – Germany. 1920 – 1930. Commons” in Zaporizhia (Lenin) and the organizer of the exhibition in Kharkiv (Nürnberger House). In 2014 co-founded the public organization Urban Forms Center that realized such projects as “Atomograds: the planned cities in the contemporary society” (Zaporizhia), “Kharkiv: inventory” (Kharkiv) etc. Lives and works in Kharkiv.

Admission is free

The lecture will take place within the frameworks of the exhibition “Superstructure” going on at the VCRC until February 28th.

Exhibition “Superstructure” takes place within the frameworks of Unrendered Spaces project supported by ERSTE Foundation
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