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What Does It Mean to Be Post-Soviet?: Decolonial Art From the Ruins of the Soviet Empire

Madina Tlostanova
Format
Book
Published
Durham : Duke University Press, 2018.
Language
English
Series
On Decoloniality
ISBN
9780822371342, 0822371340, 9780822371274, 0822371278
Summary
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 of thought and a decolonial future.
Contents
  • A futurefless ontology?
  • The decolonial sublime
  • Decolonial aesthesis and post-Soviet art
  • A woman who has many selves and takes over many spaces : a conversation with Liina Siib
  • Beyond dependencies : a talk with Vyacheslav Akhunov, the lonely ranger of Uzbek contemporary art
  • Reflecting on time, space, and memory with Afanassy Mamedov
  • People are silent.
Description
viii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-140) and index.
Technical Details
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