Usurping Lenin's vantage point.

The statue of Lenin in Kyiv in 2011. Photo by Andrea Wenglowskyj

The statue of Lenin in Kyiv in 2011. Photo by Andrea Wenglowskyj

You may have heard that new rules were passed for the "decommunization" of Ukraine. In February 175 towns and villages were given new non-Soviet names and 139 monuments from the totalitarian state were dismantled, many Lenin statues included. And of course, it was heavily contested by groups nostalgic for the Soviet past.

Izyolatsia, a contemporary art foundation now based in Kyiv, commissioned Mexico City artist, Cynthia Gutierrez, to stage a "temporary art intervention" called Inhabiting Shadows at the former site of the Lenin monument in Kyiv. Rickety steps were added in place of where Lenin once stood overlooking the center of the city so that people could climb to their own Lenin view point. 

Click here to see images of Gutierrez's installation.