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  • Sráč Sam, Šičky (Seamstresses), 2008, digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes 6 seconds.

    Sráč Sam

    Prague City Gallery

    In Eastern Bloc countries, socially engaged art has long meant something different from what it means in the West. Under Communist Party rule, such art had to conform to strict guidelines: Artistic autonomy, individualism, and the exercise of the imagination were all considered dangerous. It is for this reason that, when the Soviet empire collapsed in 1989, most artists turned to art that foregrounded subjective expression. They only became aware of their social responsibility later.

    The artist Sráč Sam has faced this responsibility for many years now. Far from the bustle of Prague, she runs

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