Vodka, the Church, and the Cinema | George Condo & Leon Trotsky – DAMAGE Playground

Vodka, the Church, and the Cinema | George Condo & Leon Trotsky


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“Icons still hang in the home because they are there. Icons decorate the walls; it would be bare without them; people would not be used to it. A worker will not trouble to buy new icons, but has not sufficient will to discard the old ones. In what way can the spring festival be celebrated if not by Easter cake? And Easter cake must be blessed by the priest, otherwise it will be so meaningless. As for church-going, the people do not go because they are religious; the church is brilliantly lighted, crowded with men and women in their best clothes, the singing is good – a range of social-aesthetic attractions not provided by the factory, the family, or the workaday street. There is no faith or practically none.” - Leon Trotsky, 1923 | Vodka, the Church, and the Cinema | painting: Woman & Man by George Condo, 2008