In St. Petersburg, police seized from the exhibition of the Union of artists of posters on the theme of corruption and pension reforms
In St. Petersburg police officers were taken for examination six of the 40 works from the exhibition the annual autumn exhibitions of local artists ‘ Union, writes “Fontanka” with reference to first Deputy Chairman of the Board SPb SKH Peter Holm. These works of art seemed to the audience “unpatriotic”.
According to the newspaper, with the exhibition on 11 November took the posters on corruption, pension reform, and also pictures of asguardian. In particular, claims the guards called the poster “Day of cosmonautics”, which depicts a crowd of security forces in riot gear and helmets. Another work was a picture of the President of the Russian Federation.
According to Holm, the reason for the withdrawal was the complaint received by the police Admiralty district. Posters depicting roosters, Vladimir Putin and slogans like “sticky” the word of the Deputy” seemed unpatriotic to some of the visitors.
Artist Yuri Orlov. told that the leadership of the Union of artists removed works from the exhibition a few days after its opening. The authors of the posters explained what was happening.
According to Orlov, the removal work occurred “with the filing of the FSB”, but Peter Konas denied it.
Yuri Orlov considers the incident a return to the Soviet past and censorship in art. “If you remove the urgency, the whole political side of things, what will remain: “don’t pick your teeth?”, “Take away your pet?” All these things are on a par with the ban of the play “Chipollino” . Tracing the 1970-ies!” – he explained.
However, Peter Konas sure that artists should not “meddle in politics”. “We have to be creative posters, not political. If suddenly someone of our artists hurt, we try to smooth over so as not to cause no one no to us,” explained Cones the situation, complained about “internal problems” and “litigation”.
On the question of whether it seems to him that these installations restrict freedom, he said, “And so we have a hard life today to her stress”.
Illustrator and photographer Vladimir Korolkov said that the St. Petersburg Union of artists, a meeting is scheduled the type of “civil penalty” where the events in the form of a hard to discuss with those involved. Peter Konos explained that no fire will be, but someone will declare reprimands. “We try to support artists, sometimes you just have to tell them”, he concluded.
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