Latte Leninism: Exhibition at The Vestibules, Bristol and Flonyx Creative, Cheltenham.
In the form of new paintings, prints and drawings, this exhibition is an exploration of “Latte Leninism”; what champagne socialism has become.
Inspired by her recent trip to Saint Petersburg, Martha Kelsey presents a westerner’s snap- shot view of Russia’s faded and re-named metropolis. It is under the pastel veneers of restored palaces and in the memorable after-taste of vodka that one senses Leningrad, a Soviet city un-made.
As the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution approaches, these artworks provoke timely comparisons between 1917 and now; you are invited to question the state of democracy today and the importance of British relations to Putin’s Russia.