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The Mythology of Sovietland

Elita Ansone

The new series “Studija Library” is launched with the book which gives an in-depth analysis of the official style of Soviet Latvian art of the 1940s-1960s – the Socialist Realism.

Socialism and its target – communism – were dogmatic systems, for which, the same as religions, it is very difficult to find an affirmation in real life. Therefore these instructions needed a strong system and also belief for them to exist. The Soviet state presented a utopian ideal – to build communism paradise on earth. Communist ideology was created in the USSR, with the state authority acting under its name. As was the case for any religion, communism also had its own mythology. (..) Socialist Realism had no relationship to realism, but to “mythological realism” instead. Reality had to be shown as it should be. Art created a new mythology. A story had to be told about a happy and heroic life, a utopian tomorrow had to be portrayed – communism, or the heroic past – a fight for the creation of the workers’ and farmers’ nation.

Elita Ansone

The Mythology of Sovietland

2008
In Latvian and English
Artist: Anta Pence
136 pp., paperback, ISBN 978-9984-807-22-5

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