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KOSOVO GYPSY ART: a medium for survival Paul Polansky | focus | 01.03.2003
KOSOVO GYPSY ART: A MEDIUM FOR SURVIVAL
"Paul Polansky is the author of 14 books, of which eight are about the Roma. Since 1991 he has lived with the Roma in the Czech Republic and Kosovo. He is co-founder of the Kosovo Roma Refugee Foundation and he is currently living in Pristina, Kosovo. His last book about the Kosovo Gypsies, TO UNHCR, WITH LOVE, was published by Divus and Jejune Ultima in September 2003. For 12 weeks this past…
Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
FORGOTTEN GENIUS OF CZECH ART
Zdeněk Burian is a remarkable artist who has yet to receive satisfactory acclaim for all the aspects of his rich oeuvre. There is perhaps no other artist who contributed more to the idea of what visual art looks like. Serious art historians turn their noses up at the adventure illustrator. Burian’s hard-core fans on the other hand lack the necessary distance and ability to place his work in a…
Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
THE AUTHORS
"The draftsmen who assisted in creating Octobriana were masters of the adventure illustration genre in Czechoslovakia. Bohumil “Bimba” Konečný (19 April 1918–14 January 1990) made most of the drawings and covers. Born in Pilsen, West Bohemia, he contributed to magazines such as Mladý Hlasatel (Young Herald), Vpřed (Forward), Stezka (Trail) and Ohníček (Fire). While his work initially reflected…
Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
LIVE BROADCAST
"The documentary “The Scandal of Amazona” was the work of scriptwriter Jiří Martin and director František Arlet. With typical demagogy, the program concealed many facts and blamed international imperialism or the British secret service. But Burian and Konečný’s interesting statements made up the bulk of the show. In one sequence, Konečný flipped through the book feigning surprise over images that…
Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
DAVID BOWIE, MIRABELLE DIARIES
25 May 1974I must tell you all about the wonderful new projects I’ve become involved in. I’m going to produce a movie called Oktobriana [sic]. What, you may say, is an Oktobriana? Well, Oktobriana is a who, not a what, and she’s the beautiful blonde, super-heroine of a very famous Russian underground comic strip.I was given the collection of Oktobriana comic strips as a present — and while…
Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
TRINA ROBBINS, HOW I MET OCTOBRIANA
I first met Octobriana the way many other people met her: in the 1971 Harper and Row book, Octobriana and the Russian Underground. As an underground cartoonist, I was fascinated to think that there might be an underground comics scene in Russia too, and as a woman who was drawing political heroines in my comics (which most of the guys were not doing), it was great to see another political heroine…
Octobriana a ruský underground, part 3. Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
OCTOBRIANA A RUSKÝ UNDERGROUND, PART 3.
"Dangerous NaiveteThe book itself is almost innocent by today’s standards. It documented a counter-culture behind the Iron Curtain — something everyone interested in this part of the world already knew existed. Nevertheless, the format lured an audience that lacked solid information on the socialist camp. With the popularity of the left-wing rising among young people in the late 1960s and early…
Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
SOC-ART
Petr Sadecký, young and idealistic Czech communist in Kiev, described the shock he suffered when he entered the PPP clubroom and for the first time was exposed to the melange of Lenin posters and pornographic magazines. This effect of combining the “holy” with the profane was not new. For example, the surrealists used shocking combinations of religious and pornographic elements. The combination…
Octobriana a ruský underground, part  2. Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
OCTOBRIANA A RUSKÝ UNDERGROUND, PART 2.
"What Really Happened (One Version) Petr Sadecký had known Zdeněk Burian and Bohuslav Konečný since his childhood when he searched them out as their fan. He soon won their trust and gradually went from being an immature fan to becoming a good friend. He helped both artists with their archives. He assisted Burian with his exhibitions and Sadecký’s father was also allegedly involved. He published…
Octobriana a ruský underground, part  1. Tomáš Pospiszyl | focus | 01.03.2002
OCTOBRIANA A RUSKÝ UNDERGROUND, PART 1.
"The most mysterious character of international comics was invented by a Czech 35 years agoStunning Mystification — A Bitter Cold-War Document — A Living LegendOctobriana is a female warrior with a red star on her forehead and light hair tied high up into a ponytail. A tiny scarf covers her enormous breasts. Her eyebrows have grown into one solid patch and Negroid or Asian features dominate her…
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