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The Post-Soviet Experience: Society and Everyday Life after Communism can be viewed at the University of Chester’s CASC Gallery in the Forum Shopping Centre on Northgate Street.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991, the lives of millions of people in eastern Europe changed forever. This photographic exhibition gives insight into their everyday lives and society in the decade following the fall of the USSR.

The 130 photographs from 15 countries reveal the social, economic and political challenges of that time, as people attempted to cope with their drastically changing worlds and the disappearance of old narratives and routines.

Created by German historians Jan C. Behrends and Ulrich Mählert, the exhibition offers a fascinating and engaging look into the lives of people and societies in transition and upheaval.

The exhibition has been organised by Dr Richard Millington, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for German in the Department of Languages and Cultures, and Dr Jeremy Turner, Deputy Head of Art and Design, at the University of Chester.

Dr Millington said: “This is a great opportunity to find out about what life was like in Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union fell. It offers the chance for people to learn about countries and circumstances that very often receive little coverage in the UK.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday, January 8 until Friday, February 4 inclusive and is free to attend. It is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays and from 12pm to 6pm on Fridays

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