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New Russian Poetry #4: the Russian underground

  • Perdu 86 Kloveniersburgwal Amsterdam, NH, 1012 CZ Netherlands (map)

From Pussy Riot to Chto Delat, Aleksandr Brener and Voina: contemporary Russia seems to be a particularly vivid and important terrain for experimenting with new forms of art and action. What part does poetry play in this?

During the last event in our series of new Russian Poetry, Perdu will investigate the role of poetry and the poetic act in present-day Russia. The program will feature the work of four 'political' Russian poets, who will appear in Dutch translation for the very first time: Aleksandr Skidan, Dmitri Golynko, Pavel Arsenev and Roman Osminkin. What characterizes their work is a critique of the capitalist system and the attempt to bridge art, theory and political activism.

Our special guest tonight will be poet, critic and activist Pavel Arsenev (1986). Arsenev, an active participant in the protest movements against Putin in 2011, is the editor in chief of Translit, a Petersburg journal for poetry and theory and a recipient of the prestigious Andrey Bely prize. He will read from his work and talk about his activities as a poet and activist in Russia.

Entrance: 10 euro / 5 euro (discount)
Language: Dutch (readings) and English (lecture and interview)