The exhibition brings together artists’ responses to the legacy of the Russian Revolution. Ruth Maclennan has recently returned from Saint Petersburg, Russia, and so can place the exhibition in the context of that city’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, as well as drawing on her knowledge of the Russian avant-garde in film, art and literature, and her experiences of living in the Soviet Union and Russia.
‘Unofficial histories, suppressed memories and strategies of resistance all converge in our new major group exhibition, which seeks to redress the legacy of the Russian Revolution on its centenary by exploring how contemporary artists are responding to the state of the ‘New East’ today. Rather than a nostalgic look at the past, new commissions and existing works re-activate and repurpose key emblems and stories of this past – from the avant-garde and revolution to the collapse of the Communist system and ideology – addressing key questions around the concept of The Return of Memory, curated by Anya Harrison, Sarah Perks and Olya Sova.’
After looking at the exhibition, there will be an opportunity to visit the nearby Castlefield Gallery exhibition, and/or to discuss students’ work.