Escaping the USSR

Frieda Belakhova was born in the Soviet Union and as a Jewish woman endured prejudice and opression. Her story covered her Soviet experiences and also her journey to Australia as a young woman. She wanted the cover of her book to show both sides of her story, past and future, the USSR and Australia. We depicted her hometown Odessa and the famous Odessa Steps against the dramatic backdrop of the Soviet flag. The Sydney Opera House provided the Australian side, as if waiting at the base of the stairs. The overall composition had echoes of Soviet-era graphic design.