This week sees the opening of the exhibition Return of Memory here at HOME (previewing on Friday 20 October) which is part of our A Revolution Betrayed Season, marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution. #WeArePartofHome
Artemy Troitsky’s SUBKULTURA: Stories of Youth and Resistance in Russia, 1815-2017.
Chronologically ordered, it covers all the philosophers, punks, artists, anarchists and subversives that have, over the years, shaped the country to become what it has today. Youth culture, in particular, is where it is all at for the development of Russia! It is a rather interesting read, and we highly recommend it. According to eminent music journalist Jon Savage, ‘This is an important book to anyone who is interested in 20th century geopolitics and youth culture.’
In keeping with the same spirit we thought it would be apt if we gave you some pointers to other books on our list that are loosely attached to the theme of ‘Russia‘ and/or ‘Revolution‘. Our back list is wide and varied and you may be interested to explore it further. We’re certainly very lucky to have such a diverse list, of titles and we want to share! Some of these links may be considered a little tenuous, but we want you to explore our wonderful books, and show you just what we have on offer.
First up is Gagarin in Britain £20. Published by the British Council, it focuses on the life of this amazing astronaut and details his role in the Soviet Space program. When the book was published the British Council held a mini exhibition to go alongside the publication.
We also have a few books on boundary-pushing Russian performance artist, Oleg Kulik, and other Georgian/Russian artists Timur Novikov and Boris Groys (with Andrew Wekua):
Oleg Kulik The Mad Dog £9.95
Timur Novikov £10.00
The marking one hundred years since the Russian Revolution and the Revolution theme is one that is being picked up in several art venues this autumn. For example, Tate Modern are just opening a Kababov show that closes in January (Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will be Taken into the Future, 18 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018).
So here are some Kabakov titles that we have on our vast list, with the first one (Installations 2000- 2016 Vol 3) due in stock any day now.
Ilya Kabakov: Artists Books 1958 – 2009 £120 – for those of you feeling ‘flush’!
Concentrating more on art and other Communist regimes, or a more political topical link, here are some titles that you might also find of interest:
Then more on the subject of art being used as non-conformist action/anti regime and Soviet anti-art, are the following:
Revolutionary Decadence £11.99
Finally, we have some books that directly link to the artists featuring in HOME’s Return of Memory show:
and Kazimir Malevich features in Dawn Ades: Writings on Art and Anti-Art £20
Image credit: Pussy Riot at Lobnoe Place on Red Square. Denis Sinyakov, 2012. Courtesy of the photographer