BARBARIAN IN THE GREENROOM: POLITICS AND AESTHETICS IN THE AGE OF SURKOV
6" x 9" unbound, dual facing risograph prints
Barbarian in the Green Room is a commission for the former New Haven Artspace exhibition and associated Yale conference "Vertical Reach: Political Protest and the Militant Aesthetic Now." The publication takes contemporary Eastern Europe and Vladislav Surkov (a former Kremlin adviser frequently credited with turning “politics into a beautiful postmodern theater”) as its lens to map the characteristics of control and resistance in our much lauded, but highly circumspect “post-ideological” landscape. It is structured in the form of a lexicon, or lexical bestiary, with front facing prints that spell out the concepts, & accompanying writing on the reverse. Some of the concepts included are: Dazzle Camouflage, Nonlinear Warfare, Velvet Terror, Resolution, etc...
With a small print overrun remaining from the exhibition, Cicada is making the rest available here.
Contributors: Matthew Whitley & Anastasiya Osipova (Cicada Press' editors)