The Daily Post today asks a question I keep asking myself lately:
Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century?
Oh, I was not questioning what’s the year today. My sanity is still in my pocket.
My problem is that I have a strange feeling that while I live in the 21st century Moscow, I am being forced back towards the 1930s, Germany.
Some people say if the word “problem” is substituted with “adventure”, life becomes oh-so-much-more interesting. Rubbish.
Lately, the State Duma of Russia introduced bans on propaganda of homosexuality, insult of religious beliefs, and smoking. A smoking homosexual atheist is now in trouble. Or should I say, “a homosexual smoking atheist”? Anyway, guys like Francis Bacon would have to be executed on the spot were they to visit Russia today. Not only for their sexual orientation, beliefs or health-damaging habits. Bul also because they are artists who don’t celebrate the achievements of the people, but address society ills and vices
WARNING: You are about to see official, approved, and highly skilled propaganda showing the strength of Russian spirit:
Instead of searching for beauty,
the bastarts modern artists paint ugly stuff like this:
This is unofficial modern art – which is often provocative as it tends to touch (and sometimes pinch at) the more painful nerves of the society. It is now in the domain of the Ministry of the Interior.
Today, prosecutors and policemen search museums and open legal proceedings against galleries and gallerists who produce or exhibit art that degrades glorious achievements of Russian people or insults their religious beliefs.
A few days ago, a criminal case against the Welcome to Sochi series was opened on the grounds of copyright infringement (the words “Sochi 2014” were used without permission from the Olympic committee).
Events of the last few months remind me of this speech:
“Here there are only two possibilities open: either these so-called artists really do see things this way and believe in that which they create — and if so, one has to investigate how this defective vision arose — if it is a mechanical problem or if it came about through heredity. The first case would be pitiable, while the second would be a matter for the Ministry of the Interior, which would then deal with the problem of preventing the perpetuation of such horrid disorders. Or they themselves do not believe in the reality of such impressions, but are for different reasons attempting to annoy the nation with this humbug. If this is the case, then it is a matter for a criminal court.”
I was quoting Hitler.
Thank you very much, I don’t want the word “problem” replaced by “adventure”. Some people thought of it as adventure back in 1930s. And, you know, they thought what an adventure would it be to go to the Olympic games in 1936. What an adventure that turned out to be.
And that sends me wondering which century, exactly, do I live in?
By the way, the artist behind these series is Orthodox Christian, non-smoking, and heterosexual.