On June 10, Sabine Hänsgen, German Slavic Studies scholar, translator, and researcher specializing in the history of Russian art and literature, will speak on the history of relations between Soviet unofficial artists and underground poets, deriving from her own memories of meeting Igor Kholin and Genrikh Sapgir.
Hänsgen, a leading foreign specialist in Russian culture of the second half of the twentieth century will speak to GARAGE visitors about the key representatives of the underground art scene in the USSR and in particular of the so-called Lianozovo group and its members. The lecture will cover such themes as aesthetical qualities of avant-garde poetry; complicated relations between the members of unofficial artistic groups within and outside communities (such as the Soviet state); and the formation of Soviet art in “barracks”.
The exhibition Kholin and Sapgir. Manuscripts features a rare video interview with the poet Igor Kholin, recorded by Sabine Hänsgen, alongside audio recordings of the author’s poetry readings, made specially for Sabine Hänsgen’s book Lianosowo. Gedichte und Bilder aus Moskau (1992).