Balagan!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places was curated by David Elliott in 2015 in Momentum Gallery Berlin, and was part of the Nordwind Festival 2015
In Russia, ‘Balagan’ is a popular exclamation that describes, with celebratory gusto, a farce, a fine mess, the most unholy of cock-ups.
The catalogue and identity design merges Modernist forms with wild Stalinist Soviet idealisation of the crafts. That mix and the complexity of the graphic language is truly ‘Balagan’