“And you, disdainful descendants . . .”—Lermontov
Monumental Propagnda, 2016–19 | With the Russian-backed war in eastern Ukraine, the country’s government has responded with laws designed to rid Ukraine’s public spaces of communist relics. Their destruction proclaims a deep desire to change the cultural narrative. Communist symbols of all kinds will be erased from the public consciousness, starting with statues of Lenin. But it is not just Lenin who will vanish. The renaming of cities linked to a communist past, such as Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine’s third largest city) and smaller towns like Dzerzhinsk, Dneprodzerzhinsk (both named in honour of the founder of the Soviet secret police, Feliks Dzerzhinsky), and street names such as Komsomolskaya, Red Army Street and others.