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Welcome Disappointed Picnic Government

Yoshinori Niwa

Welcome Disappointed Picnic Government is a new artist book dedicated to the reality of the political condition after the Cold War in former socialist states in Eastern Europe, especially in Romania, by Yoshinori Niwa.

He realised the project Tossing Socialists in the Air in Romania as a commission work for the group show Utopia of Exotic, curated by Andrei Craciun, at Pavilion Unicredit, Bucharest in 2010. In this documentary film of an intervention project, by proposing to toss left politicians in the air by the younger generation born after the revolution, Niwa explores the reality of the Marxism-Leninism movement such as about the situation of the Romanian Communist Party or other similar left political parties after the Romanian Revolution of 1989. In this new publication, he follows and updates the reality of the Marxism-Leninism movement in Romania by looking back on the change of the political condition in this past eight years, and it contains an interview with Constantin Rotaru, the president of the Romanian Socialist Party, and Petre Ignatencu, the president of the Romanian Communist Party, and an essay by Eugen Rădescu, a political scientist. In addition, production notes and artist’s diary in the past years are included.

Languages: Japanese, English