Kamila Kocialkowska (Cambridge)
The Russian Avant Garde and Photographic Defacement Under Stalin
Supervisor: Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley
Kamila explores the politics of invisibility and photographic censorship under Stalin. Focusing on case studies of avant-garde artists including Aleksandr Rodchenko, she examines the visual techniques they used to efface ‘unpeople’ from their work. Her thesis considers how this process contributed to the criminalisation of collective memory during the purge period, and the extent to which the marks of censorship can be read as a legacy of constructivism.