Artemy Troitsky: SUBKULTURA

Join us at the Calvert 22 Bookshop to meet journalist Artemy Troitsky at the launch of his new book SUBKULTURA: Stories of youth and resistance in Russia, 1815-2017, published by The New Social in collaboration with HOME.

These are the stories of a different Russia – not the land of tsars and generals, but of anarchists and artists, punks and dandies, gopniks and hipsters. Subkultura shines a light on the rebellious heroes of Russian society, the groups and individuals who have resisted conformity and shaped the nation’s culture from the margins, from Alexander Pushkin to Pussy Riot.

During the evening, Artemy will discuss the book, answer your questions, and spin a short set of revolutionary pop songs.

The book will be available for purchase and Artemy will be signing copies following the talk.

About the book

Artemy Troitsky is a renowned Russian journalist, cultural and music critic, concert promoter, broadcaster, and academic. His latest book, SUBKULTURA comes out of ongoing research and presents a personal take on an alternative history of modern Russia’s society and culture.

Arranged chronologically from the early 19th century through to the present day – from Alexander Pushkin to Pussy Riot, from the Decembrists to the Cubo-Futurists – SUBKULTURA takes in seminal individuals and groups that have been instigators of social or political change, and that collectively provide an insight into the different facets of the Russian psyche.

Writers, artists, musicians, philosophers, nouveaux riches and skinheads, anarchists, revolutionaries or part of the status quo – Troitsky treats all with equal measure as having helped shape the Russia of today.

Richly illustrated with archival footage, art works, and images taken from the author’s personal collection, SUBKULTURA reflects on the development and contemporary relevance of concepts such as freedom or the social role of creative expression throughout the periods captured by Troitsky’s narrative, and looks at them through a historical lens.

About the author

Artemy Troitsky has been both a chronicler of and an active participant in some of the most exciting elements of Russian popular culture in the last half century. As a journalist, music critic, concert promoter, broadcaster and academic, he has witnessed at first hand the underground movements which have shaped contemporary Russia.

About the publisher

HOME’s international contemporary visual art programme is dedicated to presenting new commissions, projects and exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists of regional, national and international significance. It exists across their new gallery spaces and beyond, creating a distinct experience with both artists and audiences.

About The New Social

The New Social is an independent London-based collective that stages public programmes – including film screenings, talks and special projects – as a way of rethinking the New East. The New Social was founded by Olya Sova and Anya Harrison.

Part of The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolutiona season marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

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