Saturday, October 22, 2011
AGO - Russian Propaganda Posters and More
Russian artist Kazimir Malevich's cartoonish images drawn during WWI, depict farmers and village people triumphing over German soldiers. The intent was obviously to spur on the common folk to acts of patriotism, similar to the American Uncle Sam posters from the same time period.
the public can place votes to select the winner. This year the country is India.
The photos from all four photographers were vibrant and interesting so it was difficult to choose. The work from the two Indian photographers (Nandini Valli and Gauri Gill) seemed foreign and exotic as they gave insight into life in India. Elaine Stocki from Manitoba displays photos related to race and class in North America. Althea Thauberger from Vancouver has an eclectic group of photos, but the ones that stand out are her shots of women soldiers in Afghanistan. It was jarring to see photos of women who looked like every day housewives decked out in military gear and holding huge guns.
fascinating article about the sculptures at this link.
So although we did not get to see the blockbuster Chagall show we headed out for, a trip to the AGO is never wasted and we ended up experiencing a slue of diverse exhibits.