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The Mitki and the Art of Postmodern Protest in Russia
by Alexandar Mihailovic
University of Wisconsin Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-299-31494-1 | eISBN: 978-0-299-31493-4 | Cloth: 978-0-299-31490-3
Library of Congress Classification N6996.M54 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 709.47086

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
During the late Soviet period, the art collective known as the Mitki emerged in Leningrad. Producing satirical poetry and prose, pop music, cinema, and conceptual performance art, this group fashioned a playful, emphatically countercultural identity with affinities to European avant-garde and American hippie movements.

More broadly, Alexandar Mihailovic shows, the Mitki pioneered a form of political protest art that has since become a centerpiece of activism in post-Soviet Russia, most visibly today in groups such as Pussy Riot. He draws on extensive interviews with members of the collective and illuminates their critique of the authoritarian state, militarism, and social strictures from the Brezhnev years to the present.
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