Post-post-Soviet?: Art, Politics & Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade

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Marta Dziewańska, Ekaterina Degot, Ilya Budraitskis
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Jan 1, 2013 - Art - 332 pages
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By placing emerging artists in their political and social contexts, this collection attempts to confront the new activist scene that has arisen in the Russian art world during the past years. The recent explosion of protests in Russia—often with their very purpose being to decry the lack of artistic freedom—is a symptom of a fundamental change in culture heralded by Vladimir Putin's first election. This shift was precipitated by the change to a highly commercial, isolated world, financed and informed by oligarchs. In response, the Russian contemporary art scene has faced shrinking freedom yet an even more urgent need for expression. While much of what is emerging from the Moscow art scene is too new to be completely understood, the editors of this volume seek to bring to light the important work of Russian artists today and to explicate the political environment that has given rise to such work. Post-Post-Soviet? will feature both criticism by writers and scholars, as well as dialogues with artists. Contributors include Boris Kagarlitsky, Ekaterina Degot, Keti Chukhrov, Boris Buden, Artur Zmijewski, and others.

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Marta Dziewanska is curator for research and publications at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Ekaterina Degot is an art historian, art writer, and curator. She teaches at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia and at the Moscow State University. Ilya Budraitskis is a historian and activist in Moscow.  

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