Soviet Sensuality – The exhibition „The Queue“. An Episode in Tartu’s Photo History. Järjekord. Üks episood Tartu fotoloost at the Tartu Art Museum – 5. November 2022 - 12. Februar 2023

  • Queuing as a quintessential experience of Soviet everyday life: hardly any other motif has shaped our images of the late Soviet Union as much as the long lines of people persevering in front of shops and grocery stores. Besides hopes of purchasing essential and rare goods, the social aspect of this practice was also important, as exemplified by Vladimir Sorokin’s 1983 novel “The Queue” surrealistically exploring interactions of people queuing for an unknown commodity, or Olga Grushin’s 2010 book “The Line”, which unfolds a Soviet family’s everyday longings, hopes and obsessions based on rumours about a concert by a famous exiled composer, and a street kiosk that may or may not have tickets on sale.

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Author:Anna Derksen
Publisher:ZZF - Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung: Visual History
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Online Publication
Date of first Publication:2023/02/09
Release Date:2023/02/10
ZZF Topic-Classification:Ausstellungen
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa / Nordeuropa / Skandinavien
ZZF Chronological-Classification:21. Jahrhundert
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)