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Eric Lusito is a French self-taught documentary photographer. His earliest influences were the artists Bernd and Hilla Becher and Otto Dix.
He was 12 years old when the fall of the Berlin Wall was broadcast live on television. Moved by the joy and tears of the German people finally reunited, he was intrigued by what could be on the other side of the wall. Eager to know and understand, he began to travel through the former communist bloc in the early 2000s. He then travelled from East Germany to Mongolia and from Poland to Kazakhstan in search of these once hidden military sites that embodied the ambition and power of the USSR. His book «After the Wall-Traces of the Soviet Empire» was published in 2009 by British publisher Dewi Lewis. His photographs have been exhibited in ten countries and covered by the international press such as The Guardian, Financial Times, Le Temps...
Travelling in Ukraine at the end of 2021, he met in the city of Kharkiv a scientist who agreed to show him his laboratory. That reminded him of the comic books of his childhood and was the starting point for a new project to explore this little-known world of science. Few weeks later, the full-scale Russian invasion began.The project has been extended to other countries such as Armenia, Georgia and Romania... At the end of 2023, Eric returned to Kharkiv to find the scientists he had met two years earlier to document their situation.


After the Wall Traces of the Soviet Empire

Introduced by Francis Conte
Professor of Russian & Soviet Culture
University of Paris Sorbonne, France
100 images, 120 pages
Hardback 25 x 30 cm, 9½ x 11½"
ISBN 978 190 458 77 50
Published by Dewi Lewis, UK

Text ressources

Some exhibitions views

Solo exhibitions

Il est une fois Meknès, Institut Français, Meknes, Marocco, 2013
Traces of the Soviet Empire, Festival Photofolies, Rodez, France, 2012
Traces of the Soviet Empire, Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia, 2012
Traces of the Soviet Empire, Quai n°1, Vevey, Switzerland, 2012
Traces of the Soviet Empire, Kaunas Photo Gallery, Lihtuania, 2011
Traces of the Soviet Empire, Galerie Chez Arthur & Janine, Arles, France, 2011
L’URSS et la construction du mythe héroïque, University Paris IV Sorbonne, France, 2009
Traces of the Soviet Empire, GIM Galerie, Brême, Germany, 2008
Traces of the Soviet Empire, 4th Triennal of Photography, Hamburg, Germany, 2008
Traces of the Soviet Empire, Centre d'Art et de Photographie NegPos, Nîmes, France, 2007

Selected Group Exhibitions

Power and Architecture: Dead space and ruins, Calvert 22 Foundation, London, UK, 2016
Atomic Surplus, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2013
Histoires et géographies, FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France, 2013
Paul Kopeikin Juried Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts, 2012
Young Portfolio Acquisitions 2011, Kyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kyosato, Japan, 2012
Archifoto, La Chambre, Strasbourg, France, 2012
16ème Salon des Peintres de l’Armée, Musée de l’Armée, Hôtel des Invalides, Paris, France, 2011
Mémoires de pierres, Institut Français, Meknès, Maroc, 2011
Collection hiemale, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
Artistes voyageurs, photographies d’Eric Lusito et peintures d’Arnaud d’Aunay, Galerie de La Scala, Paris, France, 2010
Les visas de l’ANI, le Floréal, Paris, France, 2009


Evening projections, Palm Springs Photo Festival, California, 2012
Nuit de la photo-70ème Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Musée des Beaux-arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, 2012
Forbidden Places, Bursa Photofest, Turkey, 2011
Slideshow Night, The Annenberg Space of Photography, Los Angeles, California, 2010
Prix Voies Off, Arles, France, 2009

Public collections

FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France
K*MoPA, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
MuCEM, Museum of Civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean, Marseille, France


After the Wall Traces of the Soviet Empire, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2009


Shifting Forms of Continental Colonialism: Unfinished Struggles and Tensions, edited by Dittmar Schorkowitz, John R. Chávez, Ingo W. Schröder, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
The Book of Images: A dictionary of visual experiences, Images Vevey-Koenig Books, 2019
Le livre d'images: dictionnaire illustré d'expériences visuelles, Images Vevey-Koenig Books, 2019
Cahiers slaves n°14, Les chemins d'Odessa, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2016
El comunista manifiesto: Un fantasma vuelve a recorrer el mundo, Iván de la Nuez, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013
Recherches & Travaux n°80, La chute de l’URSS : une fin d’Empire, UGA éditions, 2012
Cahiers slaves, n°11-12, L'URSS, un paradis perdu ? - Le temps et ses représentations dans la culture russe, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2010


Le Monde, The Guardian, Financial Times, Business Insider, The Boston Globe, Le Temps,, Port, Metro, The Calvert Journal, Forces TV, Images Magazine, Art World, PDN...


Best photo books, PDN Photo Annual, 2010
Best photo book, Prix de la Photographie de Paris PX3, 2010
The Year's Best Photography Book, PhotoEspana, shortlisted, 2010
Kaunas Photo Star, 2010