Can feminist art free women from patriarchy in Eastern Europe?

As post-Soviet states continue their 'conservative turn', feminist artists stand up to address gender injustice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

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Can feminist art free women from patriarchy in Eastern Europe?

As post-Soviet states continue their 'conservative turn', feminist artists stand up to address gender injustice in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

See Also

Exhibition review: 'Borderlands' (GRAD, London)
Times of war in Russian arts and culture

 

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Writing poetry in Russia is a dangerous profession

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Bring the humanities back!

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What Russian students learn about Russia’s enemies

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Exhibition review: 'Borderlands' (GRAD, London)

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Novosibirsk's cultural history of loss

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