Specters of Communism
Contemporary Russian Art
Paperback / 5.5″ x 8.5″
Published by e-flux and James Gallery/The Graduate Center CUNY
Texts by Boris Groys, Catherine Carl, Brian Kuan Wood
Russian Post-Conceptual Realism
by Boris Groys
Contemporary Russian artists are still haunted by the specters of communism. On the one hand, they do not want to close the utopian perspective that was opened by the October revolution and art of the Russian avant-garde. But, on the other hand, they cannot forget the long history of post-revolutionary violence, where artists are haunted by these specters in the middle of reality that does not welcome them.