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Artur Klinau

Minsk - Sunny City of Dreams

with 20 b/w photographs by the author; Original Russian title: Путеводитель по городу солнца
(German title: Minsk)
ca. 175 pages
Paperback
2006
Artur Klinau

Artur Klinau

Artur Klinaǔ, born in 1965, is the editor of pARTisan, the only magazine for contemporary art in Belarus. He lives in Minsk.

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France (Signes et Balises),Sweden (Ersatz), Poland (Czarne), Hungary (Kairosz)

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 Anyone arriving in Minsk for the first time is likely to be confused and overwhelmed by the enormous boulevards, the endless parks downtown, and the numerous places adorned with curious décor.

Minsk, 1965. Artur Klinau comes into the world, into a divided world. Minsk, the »sunny city of dreams« in the »Land of Happiness«, i.e. the Soviet Union, reveals itself to the eyes of the young boy. Through a series of chronologically narrated personal anecdotes and depictions of everyday life in the Belarusian capital, Klinau sheds some light on his relationship with his home town. The somewhat child-like and innocent narrative tone emphasizes the depth of the author’s affection towards the city. But this aesthetical bias goes further, its strength operates elsewhere: while portraying Minsk as a marvelous place, as the tangible outcome of the initial Communist project, Klinau also provides us with a bittersweet criticism of that same ideology.

The theoretical ideal – the »sunny city of dreams«, designed by the Soviets as an ideal city and the realization of the communist utopia – must be distinguished from the actual Minsk. Which is not to say that the Marxist ideology is vicious, but rather that its actual outcome is illusory. Inevitably, the »Metaphysician« along with Love, Wisdom and Honesty - the four »leaders« of the »Land of Happiness« – become demystified and are portrayed simply as what they were: totalitarians.

 

Selected Foreign Editions

 

French edition released by Signes et Balises >>

 

 

Swedish edition released by Ersatz >>

 

 

Polish edition released by Czarne >>

 

 

Hungarian edition released by Kairosz >>