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Buy your own piece of deficit. Be an owner of a window to a most independent place in the Soviet Union - kitchen (as it is there where people were talking what they really think about the communism, practically the only place they could). All items are drawn from nature and chosen by historians - as it is drawn on an exhibition.

It's a soviet kitchen from 1980th. I was staying there for some time, while drawing and heard what people around were saying. The most common exclamation "I had these". It was a revelation for me - I didn't supposed that these things were practically at every kitchen, the same everywhere. I knew that there was little choise, but didn't imagine that it was to such extent. Actually in my childhood the half of these things where at my kitchen too.

For those who never heard about those times - Soviet economics was too disbalanced to provide enough consumer goods instead of rockets and tanks. As the prices were government-controlled, instead of sky-rocketing prices there were empty shelves in the stores and long queues when something cool appeared. This cool goods where known as the "deficit". From the other side, "they pretend to pay us, we pretend to work" is a saying from those times. Surprisingly, for many it was the best time in life, as despite poverty, they had a lot of free time and could do quite a lot, while later they weren't able to adapt to new reality.

*Frame is not included as it would make the price much higher. If you'll buy it in your local Ikea store it will cost you around 20$, or a bit more if you'll buy it in a frame shop. But if I'll send it with the painting, it will add around 250$ to the price, as I'll need to use different postal service, different package sending type and have a lot of headache with receiving documents for this type of package.

Materials used:

Liners, Marker, Whatman paper

Soviet deficit kitchen (2018)

$110

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This artwork is sold by Shakir Ibragimov from Russia

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