What does it mean to live in Russia today? What is it like to grow up in a forgotten city, to be a migrant worker or to grow old and seek solace in the Orthodox church?
For the past eight years, graphic artist and activist Victoria Lomasko has been travelling around Russia and talking to people as she draws their stories. She spent time in dying villages where schoolteachers outnumber students; she stayed with sex workers in the city of Nizhny Novgorod; she went to juvenile prisons and spoke to kids who have no contact with the outside world; and she attended every major political rally in Moscow.
The result is an extraordinary portrait of Russia in the Putin years — a country full of people who have been left behind, many of whom are determined to fight for their rights and for progress against impossible odds. Empathetic, honest, funny, and often devastating, Lomasko’s portraits show us a side of Russia that is hardly ever seen.
“Compassionate and compulsively readable” – The Guardian, August 2017
Image credit: Victoria Lomasko, ‘On The Table: Protest Potato Pancakes And Protest Tea’, Other Russias (2017).
We will be joined by Victoria Lomasko in conversation with Olya Sova, co-curator of The Return of Memory and founding member of The New Social.
The New Social is an independent London-based collective founded by Olya Sova and Anya Harrison that stages public programmes – including film screenings, talks and special projects – as a way of rethinking the ‘New East’.