June 2007: Transit/ion

Editorial

Plotki is a magazine investigating the processes taking place in Central / Eastern Europe. Transition is a proper name for the changes which shook and shaped this region for centuries…Enjoy this month’s issue ! Continue reading

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Kharkiv between European civilisation and Soviet propaganda

These are visions of Kharkiv, depictive and descriptive of abnormal and illogical in everyday life of that second-largest East Ukrainian city situated less then 40 km from the Russian border. No wonder people vote for abnormal and illogical in the end too – oligarchs who stole the peoples’ wealth and communists with their cheap opportunistic rhetoric. Continue reading

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Western popular culture and migrant assimilation

It is a bewildering problem, not least because it raises questions about “folk,” nationality, citizenship—what makes a Swede Swedish, a Dane Danish?—that haven’t been looked at for decades.

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The unknown ideology war of the Nazis

The posters distributed by Nazi propaganda both in Germany and occupied lands were intended to make the image of Germany more attractive, consolidate the nation and conquered societies behind the Nazi ideology and policies in order to win support, “hearts and minds” of the suppressed population on occupied territories. Continue reading

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A personal fight for morality in the black and white reality of the grotesque world

Confrontation of Ukrainian history and normality with absurdity and injustice of modernity. The mixture of the sacred and commercial influences. The author of these works is Ukrainian artist Serhiy Kolyada. Continue reading

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Bückgen

Walking through a deserted landscape in Eastern Germany was like travelling the moon. Here of all places, at the periphery, I wanted to find a few images that could tell something about the state of our reunited country. On the moon!

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Europe: Evolution of the concept

Over the years the European states came to share a number of norms which created a sense of common “Europeanness” . Take a look at Europe’s evolution as a contested and permanently negotiated concept… Continue reading

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Russia versus “Western Capitalist Enemies” and NATO

The idea of the enemy is most popular in times of crisis. The West in recent history was already massively construed as enemy during Napoleon’s invasion and WWI. The October Revolution and WWII only reinforced it. And the Cold War became a culmination… Continue reading

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Sevastopol – a city of politicised dogs, old communist clichés and modern “politics”

The slogans read: “No to NATO!”, “NATO – Aggressor and Murderer”. Old communists easily recognized me as a typical American spy, as I had a broad smile and “western” camera. A passing by dog got interested first, but after a couple of seconds he dismissed Communist ideology as empty rhetoric. Continue reading

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A post-apocalyptic vision of the Russian transition

The story is based on encounters in Chukotka in 1997/98, which was a time of immense hardship for the local population of the small arctic villages at Russia’s north-eastern corner.

 

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Transiting with our cinema

A travelling cinema in Romania, temporary autonomous zones, and exploding out of everyday life… With TAZ you don’t revolt against authority – you create your freedom. You recognise the state cannot reach out into every corner…

 

 

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Kyiv going Europe – Post Sovietness still remains

The images of a 1500-year old Kyiv representing the rest of the country. Building Europe in Ukraine: combining old and new… Continue reading

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Freedom Day in Belarus

Thirteen years ago when most of the post-socialist counties were undergoing transition my country was on her way back – back to the socialist past, as most Belarusian people at that time were not prepared to see themselves as citizens of an independent country…

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Cu Ocazia – People in Transit

Is there any relationship between the process of transition and the means of travelling in a post socialist country? A photo series of hitchhikers in Romania and Moldova looks for answers.

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