GLASSNOST is a modern interpretation of one of the most nostalgic objects brought by our parents from the USSR:
the much sought after, prestigious crystal vase.
Each vase symbolizes a different stage in the mass exodus of soviet immigrants and is titled accordingly: Freedom, Leaving, New Home.
The mass immigration to Germany, the USA, and Israel from the USSR during 1980-1990 was made possible by Michail Gorbachev's policy of glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring). It was a beginning of a generation-long process of accepting a newfound freedom.
Transition from Soviet to Western countries was difficult for many immigrants, which led to separation from local culture and creation of post-Soviet communities. Objects from their countries of origin were used to create a feeling of home in a sometimes unwelcoming country.
Children and grandchildren of many Soviet immigrants often feel a bit "torn" in regards to their identity: it is difficult for them to relate to the rigidity their parents grew up in; However, the nostalgic longing for the symbolism and aesthetic of the past is very strong in many.