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Art and Protest in Putin's Russia

By Lena Jonson

© 2015 – Routledge

266 pages | 55 B/W Illus.

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Description

The Pussy Riot protest, and the subsequent heavy handed treatment of the protestors, grabbed the headlines, but this was not an isolated instance of art being noticeably critical of the regime. As this book, based on extensive original research, shows, there has been gradually emerging over recent decades a significant counter-culture in the art world which satirises and ridicules the regime and the values it represents, at the same time putting forward, through art, alternative values. The book traces the development of art and protest in recent decades, discusses how art of this kind engages in political and social protest, and provides many illustrations as examples of art as protest. The book concludes by discussing how important art has been in facilitating new social values and in prompting political protests.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A History of Dissensus, Consensus and Illusions of a New Era 3. An Other Gaze in Art 4. Art on Trial 5. Dissent in Art 6. Art of Engagement: A Counterculture in the Making 7. Political Action 8. Art and Protest After Bolotnaya 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Lena Jonson is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Russia Research Program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian and East European Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART023000
ART / Popular Culture
ART049000
ART / Russian & Former Soviet Union
POL004000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General