Photo credit: Komar and Melamid You Must Feel Good! (1972)

(From Sots Art series). Oil on plywood  45 × 65 cm

Sots-Art Manifesto (1972–3)


Sots-Art was founded in the early 1970s by Vitaly Komar and Aleksandr Melamid in the USSR. The aim of Sots-Art was to create work that interrogated the link between state-sanctioned Soviet realist art and underground art deemed anti-soviet by the authorities.


Deploying Western pop art techniques Sots-Arts produced work that parodied the state propaganda machine and which critiqued the double-think that this generated in the Russian people where public statement and private belief were often at odds.

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