Ongoing: Democracy + Communism: Synopsis: Communism, across time + geography: Dem-Com_007

Left - Kristiyan Stamatov serves drinks at SSSR, a USSR nostalgia restaurant and bar in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, in front of a portrait of Soviet communist leader Joseph Stalin, on October 4th, 2014. Stamatov is wearing a red tie, symbolic of what was once called a {quote}pionerche{quote} (pioneer,) or a Bulgarian student expected to serve the country and Communist party.  Right - A young student wearing the uniform of communist youth rests in front of an office for the CDR (Comité de Defensa de la Revolución, or Committee for the Defense of the Revolution,) which is a network of neighborhood watch organizations reporting on any {quote}counter-revolutionary{quote} or anti-communist activity, in Havana, Cuba on April 19, 2015. During the communist era in Eastern Europe, many Bulgarians spent years of their youth or old age imprisoned in gulag-like forced labor camps for alleged charges of political dissident activities.Elementary schoolchildren in many Communist countries (Cuba and pre-1989 Bulgaria included,) wear scarves as part of the uniform of the children’s Communist youth - blue or red in color depending on their age.I've used diptychs to bridge one country’s past - communist Cuba - to another country’s present - post-1989 Bulgaria - to show that political ideals, its profiteers and its victims, can remain unchanged by time or geography.

Left - Kristiyan Stamatov serves drinks at SSSR, a USSR nostalgia restaurant and bar in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, in front of a portrait of Soviet communist leader Joseph Stalin, on October 4th, 2014. Stamatov is wearing a red tie, symbolic of what was once called a "pionerche" (pioneer,) or a Bulgarian student expected to serve the country and Communist party.  

Right - A young student wearing the uniform of communist youth rests in front of an office for the CDR (Comité de Defensa de la Revolución, or Committee for the Defense of the Revolution,) which is a network of neighborhood watch organizations reporting on any "counter-revolutionary" or anti-communist activity, in Havana, Cuba on April 19, 2015. During the communist era in Eastern Europe, many Bulgarians spent years of their youth or old age imprisoned in gulag-like forced labor camps for alleged charges of political dissident activities. 

Elementary schoolchildren in many Communist countries (Cuba and pre-1989 Bulgaria included,) wear scarves as part of the uniform of the children’s Communist youth - blue or red in color depending on their age. 

I've used diptychs to bridge one country’s past - communist Cuba - to another country’s present - post-1989 Bulgaria - to show that political ideals, its profiteers and its victims, can remain unchanged by time or geography.