In Russia everything is secret yet there are no secrets.
[watch the gif while listening to this tune for fuller effect] ➜ Continue reading Lost in Poshlost (Intro)
Between Russianness & Dostoyevskiness
Velimir Khlebnikov, 1908-1909.
Apparently, Fyodor Dostoyevsky became a symbol, an archetype of a Russian writer, along with Lev Tolstoy (‘Tolstoyevsky’). Simpified image of Dostoyevsky’s Russia (or Dostoyevskian Russia) became a part of popular culture both in the West and in Russia. Continue reading #Dostoyevsky Is the Limit?!
All photos taken and edited by the author. Continue reading Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture (Gallery)
Russian Stereotypes: Western Perception of Russia as seen through Russian’s eyes. Part III.
Challenge, and not desire, lies at the heart of seduction. …
Take provocation, for instance, which is the opposite and the caricature of seduction. It says: “I know that you want to be seduced, and I will seduce you.” Nothing could be worse than betraying this secret rule. Nothing could be less seductive than a provocative smile or inciteful behaviour, since both presuppose that one cannot be seduced naturally and that one needs to be blackmailed into it, or through a declaration of intent: “Let me seduce you”. Jean Baudrillard “The Ecstasy of Communication”.
This post focuses not on ‘Pussy Riot’ itself but on a certain phenomenon which in case (no pun intended) of Pussy Riot was vividly revealed and will be discussed here as a typical example of contemporary Western view of Russia promoted via media and popular culture. On a side note: the author did not support jail sentence of the PR members (in my opinion two weeks of community service would have been more than enough for them). Unfortunately, it was the PR’s jail sentence which was the best PR for PR (pun intended) and made the brand globally recognized as well as helped to solidify the worst pre-existing Western stereotypes about Russia (see: self-fulfilling prophecy and confirmation bias). Continue reading Quasi-Colonial Wet Dreams: The #PussyRiot Effect, TV Screen Russians & Orientalization
(Introduction to my post in the #RussianStereotypes series)
Look at that! That is a complete f*cking fraud, and it looks 100% real. This is the greatest work I’ve ever done in my life – because it’s so honest. Wag the Dog.
Less than two weeks ago I was writing a post on Russian stereotypes in my phone lying on the beach in Sudak, Crimea (btw a post with photos from my vacation to come). A man behind me who happened to be a refugee from Donbass was telling his story to another man (there are many refugees in Crimea). Continue reading Stealth Russians, or the Western Media Blind Spot