Sandra FrimmelDec 21, 2022
Art on Trial in Russia After Perestroika
Vernon Press 2021
Since the turn of the millennium, there has been an unusually large number of court cases against artists and curators in Russia. Focusing on prominent cases against the organizers of the exhibitions Caution, Religion! (2003) and Forbidden Art 2006 (2007), Frimmel examines the ways in which the meaning of art and its socio-political effects are argued in court. By placing these cases in a historical context, and comparing them with a number of international case studies, Art Judgements: Art on Trial in Russia After Perestroika (Vernon Press, 2021) reveals how these proceedings have intensified juridical power over artistic freedom (of speech) in Russia over the past two decades.
Sandra Frimmel is Research Coordinator of the Centre of Arts and Cultural Theory (ZKK) and an affiliate of the Department for Slavic Studies at the University of Zürich. Her research interests include Russian art from 19th century through to today, as well as the concepts of art, law, justice, power, and society.
Iva Glisic is a historian and art historian specialising in modern Russia and the Balkans.