Eric LusitoFrance - 1976
25 Jan - 03 Mar 2012
A desire to explore the ruins of the Soviet Union brought Eric Lusito to photography. He is twelve when the Berlin wall falls down, but he will wait thirteen more years to decide to leave his commercial engineer career in order to try to understand what happened behind the wall. He started to use large format photography while looking for the remains of this empire and its ideologies.
AFTER THE WALL, TRACES OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE
In Czech Republic, a geographer offers to show him a former soviet military base. Eric Lusito is soon fascinated by the remnants of military infrastructures, piteous skeletons of the Red Army, ideological pride of the power and by the fear of the Occident.
He then starts a systematic exploration of numerous military sites and, for 6 years, portrays these deserted places.
Silent, still, lost in the landscape, those remains, which used to inspire respect or terror now look fragile and friable. As if, left alone, their destiny was to disappear in nature.
Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Empire, the exhibition of Eric Lusito at Quai1 presents what is left of the infrastructures that were supposed to sustain this society though time.
The archaeological photography of Eric Lusito is not nostalgic but doubled with a passion for collecting posters, prints or films left there by a power that suddenly disappeared. He sometimes collects more intimate images, family pictures abandoned by former occupants. The dialogue between these different representations takes us back to the brutality and the strength of the soviet system, a powerful authority that nobody could have imagined to disappear on a 26th of December. Those photographs reflect the flickering eternity of our contemporary societies.
After the Wall, Traces of the Soviet Empire is the first exhibition of Eric Lusito in Switzerland
In 2011, Eric Lusito took part of the 8th Vevey International Photo Award, organized by the Festival Images.