Red Utopias is a collection of three books that bring together the photographs and texts of a dozen European authors and photographers around the theme of political utopias in Europe in a post post-soviet era.
In the wake of the centenary of the October revolution, we have been reminded that communism is and only has been possible through the unreality of literature and theory. Throughout history, the application of socialist theories of Marx, Lenin and Stalin proved to have a propensity for totalitarianism. Everywhere, the influence of the USSR was so strong that it remains in memory as a kind of hope, an inaccessible dream necessary to maintain. As if it were a political plan still possible, it sees itself unevenly commemorated between societies.
Marylise Vigneau, Austrian winner of the ACF's Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize, has contributed to the book which will be launched in the UK on two occassions.
Saturday 9 February, 7pm
Housmans Radical Bookshop, London