Post-Soviet mimicry: grotesque but empowering

“We live in the ruins of culture” – Professor Vytautas Landsbergis, the then Chairman of the Supreme Council, said in 1990. All that remained after the collapse of the Soviet Union were heavy industries, nuclear power plants, urban agglomerations and millions of modern educated people without any sense of direction, without an orientation and without an identity. How does the new cultural order emerge from the ruins? An imitation of the West turned out to be the chosen way to deal with the challenges of transition and to cope with uncertainty.

July 26, 2016 - Rasa Baločkaitė