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What does it mean to be post-soviet?: Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In What Does It Mean to Be Post-Soviet? Madina Tlostanova traces how contemporary post-Soviet art mediates this human condition. Observing how the concept of the happy future—which was at the core of the project of Soviet modernity—has lapsed from the post-Soviet imagination, Tlostanova shows how the possible way out of such a sense of futurelessness lies in the engagement with activist art. She interviews artists, art collectives, and writers such as Estonian artist Liina Siib, Uzbek artist Vyacheslav Akhunov, and Azerbaijani writer Afanassy Mamedov who frame the post-Soviet condition through the experience and expression of community, space, temporality, gender, and negotiating the demands of the state and the market. In foregrounding the unfolding aesthesis and activism in the post-Soviet space, Tlostanova emphasizes the important role that decolonial art plays in providing the foundation upon which to build new modes

What Does It Mean to Be Post-Soviet?: Decolonial Art from the Ruins of the Soviet Empire (Duke University Press) traces how contemporary post-Soviet art mediates the post-Soviet human condition through analyses of art and through interviews with artists and writers, showing the important role that radical art plays in building new modes of thought and a decolonial future.

“What do most postcommunist countries—which almost thirty years after the end of the Soviet Bloc still deal with antagonizing feelings of loss, nostalgia, trauma, and never-ending transition, as well as with neocolonial domination of today's neoliberal world—all have in common? In her outstanding book, Madina Tlostanova defines these common experiences as a futureless ontology that reveals the social disorientation of post-Soviet identitarian collectivities. In so doing, she suggests that post-Soviet politically engaged art practices known as artivism offer a possible solution to this futureless ontology.” — Jelena Petrovic, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

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Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018, 1. , p. 160
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On Decoloniality ; 2
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148717ISBN: 9780822371632 (electronic)ISBN: 9780822371342 (print)ISBN: 9780822371274 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-148717DiVA, id: diva2:1219827
Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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