Saturday, November 13, 2010

Collage 241

Although we don't often reference visually what was happening historically, this particular collage lends itself to that kind of reflection. Emma found a large stash of old letters and shared them with us. This collage prominently features an envelope from 1914, written in Italian. Here's what was happening in Russian in 1914:

• June - July: General Strikes in St. Petersburg.
• July 19th: Germany declares war on Russia, causing a brief sense of patriotic union amongst the Russian nation and a downturn in striking.
• July 30th: The All Russian Zemstvo Union for the Relief of Sick and Wounded Soldiers is created with Lvov as president.
• August - November: Russia suffers heavy defeats and a large shortage of supplies, including food and munitions.
• August 18th: St. Petersburg is renamed Petrograd as 'Germanic' names are changed to sound more Russia, and hence more patriotic.
• November 5th: Bolshevik members of the Duma are arrested; they are later tried and exiled to Siberia.

We chose this image [and one of Lynn's as well] for the postcard for our show next month.-- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 489-490 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
made 9/24/10

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