Russia - Art Resistance and the Conservative-Authoritarian Zeitgeist

1st Edition

Lena Jonson, Andrei Erofeev

Published October 25, 2017
Reference - 328 Pages - 53 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138733015 - CAT# Y326822
Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series


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This book explores how artistic strategies of resistance have survived under the conservative-authoritarian regime which has been in place in Russia since 2012. It discusses the conditions under which artists work as the state spells out a new state cultural policy, aesthetics change and the state attempts to define what constitutes good taste. It examines the approaches artists are adopting to resist state oppression and to question the present system and attitudes to art. The book addresses a wide range of issues related to these themes, considers the work of individual artists and includes besides its focus on the visual arts also some discussion of contemporary theatre. The book is interdisciplinary: its authors include artists, art historians, theatre critics, historians, linguists, sociologists and political scientists from Russia, Europe and the United States.

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