Red Utopia is an art book in the making, documenting communist parties and their iconography over the past 100 years in India, Italy, Nepal, Portugal and Russia. The project is currently gathering funds on Kickstarter and will be jointly published by Nazraeli Press and Ipso Facto.
Jan Banning, the photographer and artist behind the work, describes Red Utopia as “a non-propagandistic search for what is left of communism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution.” The book will contain photos of communist party office interiors as well as “environmental portraits of officials and activists”, and is planned for publication in October 2017, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution.
Elisabeth Biondi, the independent curator and former Visuals Editor at The New Yorker, described the photo series as “terrific and even better than Bureaucratics”, Banning’s critically acclaimed photo book that brought him worldwide recognition.
To find out more about the project and how to get involved, click here to visit the crowdfunding page.