By Lena Jonson
The Pussy rebellion protest, and the next heavy passed remedy of the protestors, grabbed the headlines, yet this was once now not an remoted example of artwork being notably severe of the regime. As this publication, in accordance with broad unique examine, exhibits, there was steadily rising over fresh many years an important counter-culture within the artwork international which satirises and ridicules the regime and the values it represents, even as affirming, via artwork, substitute values. The publication lines the advance of paintings and protest in fresh many years, discusses how paintings of this sort engages in political and social protest, and offers many illustrations as examples of artwork as protest. The booklet concludes by way of discussing how very important artwork has been in facilitating new social values and in prompting political protests.
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24 These demonstrations were described byYurii Grigorii (2012), a sociologist from the Higher School of Economics, as a protest ‘against the very idea that loyalty can always be bought’ and as a ‘moral protest, a protest against corruption and greed, against the lack of moral order’. 25 An overview of Western and Russian art is provided by Andreeva (2007). A collection of articles about Russian artists previously published in the Russian media can be found in Kovalev (2005). Interviews with people from contemporary culture, among them artists, can be found in Bazhanov and Iro (2012).
For the development of the Moscow art scene in the 1990s, see Rekonstruktsiya/Reconstruction, 1990–2000 (2013). ru. 30 Mikhail Shvydkoi at a meeting of the Cultural Counsellors of the EU member states, Moscow, October 2009. 31 Beumers explains that tusovat describes the activity of just being friends with a group not necessarily of the same composition (2005: 245, 261). Viktor Miziano uses the term to describe the socio-cultural phenomenon of the informal gathering around the art scene in the 1990s.
Thus, while Western scholars claimed that the Putin regime lacked an ideology, this was becoming less and less the case as the outline of a Putin consensus gradually took on a more distinct form. Western scholars may be forgiven as this policy was initially not formulated on paper but took shape in interactions with major actors, among them the church. The evolving consensus was, however, reflected in words and deeds by high-level state representatives. Four aspects of the identity discourse in the Putin consensus stand out.
Art and Protest in Putin's Russia by Lena Jonson