Soviet Past Research Laboratory
Virtual Platform: Rethinking the Soviet Past – the post-Soviet Georgian society’s attitude towards the Soviet past and history is characterized in two ways: on the one hand – tabooing and erasing this epoch from memory, on the other hand – turning it into an idol, a myth, and feeling nostalgic.
Soviet Tbilisi – In 2011 Soviet Past Research Laboratory is working on the project “Soviet Tbilisi”.
A new virtual tour – Soviet Tbilisi – will be developed within the project. The tour will include up to 20 architectural sites, places or events connected with the history of Soviet Tbilisi depicting Soviet lifestyle. The tour will also be placed on the web-site of Soviet Past Research Laboratory.
The publication “Red Terror Topography” will be issued within the scope of the project. Essays of Georgian authors purposefully written for this collection will be included in the publication.
There are buildings, located in Tbilisi but unknown for the most part of the population, which used to house state institutions connected with Stalinist terror and repressions; buildings where victims of political repressions used to live and where they were arrested; buildings where notorious and unknown executioners used to live.
Soviet Past Research Laboratory offers you a thematic calendar for 2011. The idea of the project implied discovering houses, buildings and streets in the old part of Tbilisi, particularly in Mtatsminda and Sololaki, where the most important period of Soviet epoch – Stalinist repressions, known nowadays as the Big Terror – was taking place.