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Soviet Union's 'Perfect Technocratic Culture That Never Came'

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What happens to the utopian endeavor for technological superiority when its ideological staple crumbles? To answer this question, budding Russian visual artist Danila Tkachenko, a Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia graduate and World Press Photo winner, has travelled across the disappeared Soviet Union exploring its technological peaks, now deserted. Don’t miss his exhibition “Restricted Areas” in Berlin in September and October 2016.

For more information visit Danila Tkachenko's official website.

© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryFormer residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialized in biological research.
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Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialized in biological research.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – this type of connection which has become obsolete.
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A tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia – this type of connection which has become obsolete.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryAn amphibious airplane with vertical take-off VVA14.
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An amphibious airplane with vertical take-off VVA14.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA former mining town which has been closed and turned into a bombing trial field.
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A former mining town which has been closed and turned into a bombing trial field.
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Pumpjacks on an old oil field.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times.
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A city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA screen for biological defense against radar radiation.
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A screen for biological defense against radar radiation.
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A deserted observatory.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryWater contamination test at a lake near the previously closed scientific city of Chelyabinsk-40.
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Water contamination test at a lake near the previously closed scientific city of Chelyabinsk-40.
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A test bench for missiles.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA former military base on an island with an underground bunker.
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A former military base on an island with an underground bunker.
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The world's largest diesel submarine.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA landmark in the test area for underground explosions.
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A landmark in the test area for underground explosions.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryAn antenna built for interplanetary connection.
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An antenna built for interplanetary connection.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GallerySecret city Chelyabinsk-40, which was not marked on maps until 1994.
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Secret city Chelyabinsk-40, which was not marked on maps until 1994.
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Stages of space rockets.
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A boiler house of a closed aerodrome.
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A monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party.
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Waste storage for rocket fuel.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA hangar on a former firing field for biological weapons.
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A hangar on a former firing field for biological weapons.
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An antenna for interception of signals.
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A coal processing plant.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is four kilometers deep and was once one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world.
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A sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is four kilometers deep and was once one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world.
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A water intake.
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An excavator on a closed quarry.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryThe ruins of the experimental laser system "ZET."
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The ruins of the experimental laser system "ZET."
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A ground station for spacecraft control.
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A scientific storage in the Far North.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryA deserted observatory located in an area with the best conditions for space observations.
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A deserted observatory located in an area with the best conditions for space observations.
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A part of an unfinished space port.
© Photo : Danila Tkachenko/Courtesy of the artist and Kehrer GalleryThe "Bulgaria" ship lifted from below the sea, 122 people drowned on it.
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The "Bulgaria" ship lifted from below the sea, 122 people drowned on it.
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A memorial on a deserted nuclear station.
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