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Giovanna Di Mauro

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Since the late 1990s, politically engaged art has been flourishing in many Post-Soviet states, and more recently artists from the region have gained the attention of Western media. Considering these states’ transitional status, the appearance of such engagement within their artistic communities is surprising and merits further investigation. Moldovan engaged art represents a good example of this phenomenon. Despite public disinterest and government hostility toward politically engaged artists, the production of engaged art in Moldova continues. Yet, academic studies of this form of “underground art” have been extremely limited. The aim of this research is 1) to map the different forms of engaged art in Moldova; 2) to explain why Moldovan artists engage in politics; and 3) to assess the effects of this engagement.

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