Callum Royle

It is winter in Eastern Europe, and it is difficult to separate the physical condition from the more abstract, psychological states. Elderly men, whose stocky coats hide their physical form walk hunkered down, in black and white, hats low over their eyes. Peeling paint, grainy cracks in the ground. Often barren streetscapes frame single bodies, or none at all.

Inspired by the book, ‘The Hero’s Children: the Post-War Generation in Eastern Europe’ by Paul Neuberg, “A Sobered Communist” explores the psychological scars of enforced Systematisation and heavy surveillance in Romania. With the enactment of aggressive nationalist policies, such as outlawing abortion and contraception, routine pregnancy tests for women, the demolition and reconstruction of villages and towns, relocating of families and rationing of food, gas, heating and electricity, woman were forced into a life of domestication, men were forced into a life of labour and the family was forced into a state of instability. The goal was to create a multilaterally developed socialist society. With the approach of the 30 year anniversary since the fall of communism, it is fair

to suggest, the systems flawed nature still remains to have psychological effects on its proletariat.

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