Suggestions for Art That Could Be Called Red


  • Susanne Jaschko


What is Red Art? Or rather: what could Red Art be in today’s post-communist, post-utopian world, a
world shaken by conflicts engendered by contrary beliefs and ideologies which have little to do with
communism? A world in which countries and societies are disrupted by territorial disputes, and by bloody fights about questions of religious identity, national identity, and ideology? Where communism has been overrun by capitalism with rare exception; where the European left movement is weak. Where the post-industrial era has produced an economic reality that is orders of magnitude more complex, transnational and therefore more difficult to control or change, than history has ever seen. In this situation, can there (still) be art that deals with ideas of communism constructively,
or does contemporary art look at communist ideals only with nostalgia?