Naked in the Grass:

Absurdity and Play in the Ideological Field

A conversation between Lev Manovich and Nicholas Muellner concerning the strand of underground photography that emerged in tandem with – and often as document of – the practice of performance in Soviet non-conformist art of the 1970s and 80s. Published in, Beyond Memory: Photo-related Art from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, 1956-1986, Ed. Diane Neumaier, Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University Press, 2004.

In these artists’ hands, photography becomes a tool to materially express the accomplishment of the unproductive act.

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