Photographer's Note

As I told before, there were many restrictions about art during soviet government. The artists had to circumvent these rules to create something more creative and at same time to be safe inside the society.
Here we have a sample: this canvas is named "In the Sea-Family" , it was painted in 1964 by Dmitry Zhilinsky.
We have a typical soviet family enjoying holidays in the beaches of southern part of the country. Curiously the father is very tanned if compared with the rest of the family, maybe an indicative he worked in a sunny area.The message is clear: the workers can enjoy fabulous holidays in soviet regime, something not so easy to reach as we can imagine. But the artist got to make the propaganda and create a nice artwork despite the limitation.
About family in soviet rule: In an initial phase of the government they decided to destroy the family because they wanted a plural society and the family was linked with religion and with capitalist ideas and parents were trying to educate their sons according with their "wrong" ideas. The government extinguished the Sundays and each member of the family had a different day for rest, trying to destroy the familiar link, children were educated by government and incited to denounce their parents, etc.. After some time this cruel experience was finished and things came near to the normal.
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Como mencionei antes, existiam vrias limitaes sobre arte durante o regime sovitico, nessa poca os artistas tinham que contornar essas regras e fazer algo criativo, mas, ao mesmo tempo, tinham que se manter em segurana dentro da sociedade.
Temos aqui uma amostra: essa tela se chama "No Mar-Famlia" e foi pintada em 1964 por Dmitry Zhilinsky.
Vemos uma tpica famlia sovitica tirando frias numa praia do sul do pas. Acho curioso que o pai esteja to bronzeado enquanto o resto da famlia estivesse to branco, talvez um indicativo de que ele trabalhasse numa atividade ao sol. A mensagem clara: o trabalhador sovitico pode aproveitar suas frias nos melhores lugares. Obviamente isso no era to fcil de conseguir, mas a propaganda foi feita. O artista conseguiu contornar as restries e criou uma bela obra.
Curiosamente no incio do governo sovitico eles acharam que a famlia era o problema a ser atacado, pois os pais insistiam em ensinar religio aos filhos bem como a ter uma atitude capitalista, duas coisas que o governo perseguia fortemente. Para acabar com a influncia dos pais sobre os filhos o governo acabou com os domingos e cada membro da famlia tinha direito a ter um dia diferente de folga, para no se encontrarem, ao mesmo tempo as crianas eram educadas pelo governo e eram incitadas a delatar os pais se achassem que eles fizessem alguma coisa contra o governo. Essa maldita experincia acabou alguns anos depois.

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