Elise HerralaSep 3, 2023
Art of Transition
The Field of Art in Post-Soviet Russia
Art of Transition: The Field of Art in Post-Soviet Russia (Routledge, 2021) investigates contemporary art in Russia since the end of the Soviet Union. By drawing on historical and ethnographic research, this study examines the challenges faced by Russian artists in building a field of art as their society underwent rapid and significant economic, political, and social transformation. In doing so, the book constructs a genealogy of the contemporary field of post-socialist art, and illuminates how Russians have come to understand themselves and their place in the world.
Elise Herrala is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Haverford College. She is a sociologist of art and culture, and her research examines the dynamics of cultural production, and in particular the ways in which culture functions to reproduce inequality.
Iva Glisic is a historian and art historian specialising in modern Russia and the Balkans.