COTTON PRINT REVOLUTION – (SECUREDATING.COM)

Russian Art

In Moscow, Russia, Winzavod opens a new art space – ∆ PROJECT SPACЕ and the first project presented there will be an exhibition of works by Russian artists Lyudmila Konstantinova and Georgiy Ostretzov ”Cotton Print Revolution”. The main theme of the exposition is built around the cotton print, which is both the medium for Konstantinova’s art and a metaphor, at the background of which the lives  of beautiful Russian women unfold.

The cotton print industry of the USSR became a part of the infrastructure, which together with kindergartens and day nurseries created work places for Russian women and wrapt all of them in robes made of unsightly textile, including the wife of the General Secretary, which turned the robe from an attribute of an intellectual every day life into a tool of self-inflicting pain. Cotton print was the matrix that united all classes of a classless society across all Soviet regions.

The cotton print politics had to turn into revolution: liberated from “housekeeping slavery” a working woman moves the focus of attention towards her own drama. And while Konstantinova shows it as a tragedy of domestic circumstances where a Russian woman is a victim, Ostretzov goes beyond the limits of domestic injustice, giving the inner conflict of a Soviet woman really grotesque forms, expressed through the language of comic books through the transformation of a woman into a superhero, fighting with the injustice.

 

Russian Women from former Soviet

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