This work studies current practice of colour re-paintings of prefabricated panel buildings in post-communist countries.

In everyday language of the 21st century, housing estates and prefabs are described as 'grey'. The meaning of 'greyness' bears implicit negative connotations - anonymity, boredom and desolation. In such context, pink, yellow and green facades embody a long-forgotten promise of happiness.

By portraying these re-painted prefabs in black&white, author constructs visual relation with the utopian representation of housing estates in post-war era. Is urban utopia of today limited to colour ornaments, surface design and politics of envelopes? Reference to post-war utopia is present also in the uncanny virginity of the new coat of paint. The effects of time have been forgotten; what we see may easily look like a new construction, suggesting a bright, colourful, future. The flamboyance of colours, however, is literally performed on prefab facades, suggesting a model of happiness which lies in the ideals of variety and diversity. Psychology experts and colour consultants are called upon to explain which combinations create that supposed perfect harmony fostering positive energy.

Author does not allow the spectators a simple pleasure of laughing at peculiar colour combinations by offering them richly saturated colour photographs. Instead, shades of these combinations are recorded in the clearly visible grey patchwork. On one side, he takes away the colour - that, which is supposedly subject-matter of the presented photographs. On the other side, however, captions that list all colours of each new coat of paint are offered. By reading them, spectator can visualise the new colourful situation.

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125 x 100 cm / 75 x 60 cm, inkjet prints mounted on di-bond