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Piter, Artistic Interpretations of the Cold War, 2016

Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, Culver City, California

Piter, locals name for the city, evoked Leningrad and emphasized the return to its historic, pre-revolutionary name 'Saint Petersburg' in 1991 during Glasnost and Perestroika. The show included an interview with Eugene Alper, who immigrated from the Soviet Union to Los Angeles in the Eighties. He reminisced about his daily life as an actor in the U.S.S.R., class, censorship, and Soviet peoples' perceptions of America. I collaborated with Minnesota Public Television, using excerpts from their Cold War Soviet and American T.V. series and the museum's media collection to create a tongue-in-cheek humor video that featured period rhetoric and propaganda. I selected radical Glasnost posters from the Wende Museum's collection to juxtapose with my archival photographic intervention prints.

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Piter, 2016 Projection from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.

Excerpts from Eugene Alper Interview from Jennifer Vanderpool on Vimeo.