Pin It
Favourite

Review: AgitProp: Soviet Propaganda, 1905-1945 at SMU Art Gallery 

Nazis getting poked in the eye will always be satisfying.

click to enlarge N. Dolgorukov_This is Our Russian Katyusha - Hitler Sings for the Rest
  • N. Dolgorukov_This is Our Russian Katyusha - Hitler Sings for the Rest

AgitProp: Soviet Propaganda, 1905-1945
Through July 30
Saint Mary's University Art Gallery Loyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue

The collection of prints, primarily reprinted in the 1970s and originally collected by a local professor of Russian history, showcases Soviet propaganda from the Russian revolution to WWII, with a curatorial bent highlighting the role of women in State propaganda in AgitProp: Soviet Propaganda, 1905-1945, curated by Emily Davidson and Nicole Marcoux.

In the smaller adjoining room, contemporary artist Gillian Dykeman uses a spin-class self-help video (the pop music emanating from which stands in charming contrast to the Russian revolutionary anthems played in the larger gallery), constructivist athletic gear and protest canvases animate many of the sentiments in the posters.

In a political climate leaning ever closer to fascism, a sample of the visual history of the left is refreshing, though today's viewers knowledge of the atrocities committed under 20th century Soviet rule will certainly taint the patriotic glow of many works. Images of a Nazi being poked in the eye with a giant red apostrophe (Nikolai Dolgorukov's Victory Day, 1945), however, are still incredibly satisfying.

Related Locations

Pin It
Favourite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Mollie Cronin

Survey Asks

Atlantic Playland is now Atlantic Splash Adventure, featuring waterslides like the Bluenose Blaster and Bowl of Fundy. What other Nova Scotia-inspired attractions could the waterpark offer?

  • Sable Island Shipwreck
  • Bomb Cyclone
  • Historic Waveyard
  • Power Outage Plunge
  • Donair Dunk

View Results

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 47
April 19, 2018

Cover Gallery »


Real Time Web Analytics

© 2018 Coast Publishing Ltd.