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Europe's failed communist utopias

Berlin-based art collective Ogino Knauss explore some of the coolest unloved areas of European cities

Abandoned flatblock in Belgrade

For most of us a city break means jumping off the plane, checking out the sights, sampling some of the nightlife and kicking back at the hotel. That's not the case for Ogino Knauss. When the Berlin-based art group decide it's time to get away, they really get away.

Exploring the edgelands and outskirts of some of the biggest cities east of the Berlin wall, they tour the former-USSR documenting its failed utopias.

From careworn and deserted social housing blocks in Belgrade to graveyards for discarded military jets in Moscow, every shot offers a glimpse into the wild ambition and turbulent social history of communist Europe.

More than blocky brutalism to be gawped at and drooled over, the photos demonstrate the aftershocks of utopian architecture, one eerie communal space at a time.

Part of the Power and Architecture season at Calvert 22, Ogino Knauss's mixed media Re>Centering Periphery series is on display until 9 October.

For more information visit calvert22.org or oginoknauss.org

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