Andrei Molodkin – Fallout Pattern / A/Political
Exhibition run: 09 February – 06 April June 2018
For the exhibition at Rua Red, Tallaght, Andrei Molodkin presents cartographic drawings, Government reports and unseen sketches in an era of pandemic Cyberespionage.
Drawings originate from a set of Wikileaks documents detailing the impact of a US nuclear missile strike on Russia, and the resulting nuclear fallout pattern and projected destruction. The leak spurred Russia to commence an aggressive modernisation of their militarised forces, described as a “new generation” army by Vladimir Putin at Balashikha on 22 December 2017. Also on view is a never-before-seen proposal for a state-commissioned statue located outside the Kremlin walls on Moscow’s iconic Red Square. Failed Utopia; the decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty.
In September 2017, as retaliation for Russia’s alleged influence on the US elections, the U.S. Justice Department ordered an American based affiliate of the state-owned and Kremlin-backed RT (Russia Today) to register as a ‘foreign agent’ under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Initiated in 1938 to suppress pro-Nazi German propaganda, FARA was designed to “ensure the US government and people are informed of the source of information (propaganda) and the identity of persons attempting to influence public opinion, policy, and laws.” Extending this measure, the Russian news agency Sputnik was also targeted. The provocation, and a move that former
FBI Counterintelligence Agent Asha Rangappa saw as “shedding sunlight on all of [Russia’s] activities”, reveals the anxieties suffered as a result of clandestine behaviour and the desire to publicly expose the strategies of the enemy.
Propaganda has shifted from the slogans, posters and advertising of past wars and revolutions to the tactical dispersion of original source material. Procured by hackers, imparted by whistleblowers and leaked online, the Information Age has produced a new era of subervsion, where governments, corporations and individuals become victims of their own deceit.