Recently, much attention has been given to the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR). For some, this collapse caused post-communist nostalgia – Ostalgia. Initially, the term “Ostalgia” was only related to the feelings of Ossis (german: “Ossis”) – former citizens of the GDR. However, today this phenomenon is increasingly used in relation to former citizens of the Soviet Union, especially immigrants from the countries of the former USSR. Ostalgia was studied by philosophers, sociologists and psychologists, but in the contemporary art, Ostalgia is mainly exhibited through the use of Soviet symbols, consumer products, objects, photographs, military uniforms …, in short through everything that people have kept since the “good old days”.
In my interpretation Ostalgia is any emotional connection with the Soviet past, which is reflected in a peculiar selection of memories from an autobiographical memory. My research aims to study Ostalgia through artistic techniques to deduce the image of Ostalgia in contemporary art by creating my own artwork and their analysis.
— Natalia Drobot