David Burdeny," Moscow Metro III," 2015
David Burdeny, "Moscow Metro III," 2015, archival pigment print.
In A Bright Future, David Burdeny looks at architectural extravagances of the former Communist government in the Soviet Union. The show, he says, takes its title from Stalin’s directive to architects to introduce the concept of a bright future to metro stations in Moscow and St. Petersburg in order to remind people that their sacrifices were yielding benefits. The result was polished marble walls, vaulted ceilings and ornate chandeliers that seem at odds with popular notions of drab Soviet-era buildings.