Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union more than 25 years ago, but vestiges of communism remain. On streets across the country, the faces of industrious peasants, inventive engineers, and pioneering cosmonauts still beam from propaganda mosaics adorning everything from apartment blocks to movie theaters.
Yevgen Nikiforov documents more than 1,000 mosaics and other monumental public artworks in Decommunized: Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics. The photo are a kaleidoscope of colouring, depicting an idealized, futuristic vision of Soviet life that mesmerizes Nikiforov–no matter how short it falls from reality. “What amazes me the most is how complicated these works are and how much day and skill was invested in them, ” Nikiforov says.