In pictures: Relics of the Soviet eraPublished18 July 2016SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionA new exhibition showcasing the work of three artists focusing on abandoned spaces - Dead Space and Ruins - has opened at Calvert 22 Foundation in London.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionTaking inspiration from the vast landscape of the former Soviet Union, the works aim to "explore the theme of 'Dead Space', left in the wake of the quest for progress". It is the second exhibition from Calvert 22’s Power and Architecture season.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionDanila Tkachenko's Restricted Areas series captures brutalist ruins looming out of the mist and snow of frozen vistas.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionPart wreckage, part monument, the scenes show the decaying architectural memories of a Soviet vision. This image shows the world’s largest diesel submarine.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionTkachenko travelled to locations that had been off-limits in the former Soviet Union, such as this deserted observatory.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionBy looking at these pictures, Tkachenko says, “we can imagine one possible future and look at it in an abstracted way”.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage caption"Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology, which is now obsolete," says Tkachenko.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage caption"Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came."image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionEric Lusito’s series, Traces of the Soviet Empire and Vahram Agasian's Ghost City, also feature in the show.image copyrightDanila Tkachenkoimage captionDead Space and Ruins is part of the Power and Architecture season at Calvert 22 Foundation and will run until 7 August 2016.Related TopicsSoviet UnionPhotographyRelated Internet LinksCalvert 22The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.