Red Utopia, a new book by Jan Banning, looks at what is left of communism 100 years after the Russian Revolution. Co-published by Ipso Facto Publishers and Nazraeli Press, the book brings readers to India, Italy, Nepal, Portugal and Russia, where Banning documents the interiors of Communist Party Offices, communist iconography and local party activists.
Notable for their careful composition and lighting, the images in Red Utopia ask if communism is really dead, or not. “Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Communism seems like a thing of the past: relegated to the dustbin of history,” states the press release. Banning’s Red Utopia peeks into the pockets of cities, towns and villages where the heart of an ideology that heavily influenced the course of the twentieth century beats on.
In addition to the book, Red Utopia is a traveling exhibition. Its next stop is at the Zephyr Space for Photography in Mannheim, Germany, opening September 2018.
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