Soho Fond – A Tribute to Soviet Underground Business Scene in Tallin

Dvominutni video Soho Fonda Priznanje sovjetskom podzemlju u Talinu (2013.) donosi pregled podzemne poslovne scene u sovjetskoj Estoniji te jedne od njezinih središnjih točaka u Tallinu, hotela Viru. Poslovnjaci iz Virua, kako su ih nazivali, ilegalno su distribuirali zapadnu robu koje je u Sovjetskom Savezu nedostajalo: modernu odjeću i modne dodatke, kozmetiku, kondome i plastične vrećice. Budući da Estonija ima morsku granicu s Finskom, posao se uglavnom obavljao preko finskih turista, a budući da su zapadne valute sovjetskim građanima bile zabranjene, zbog 200 finskih franaka (otprilike 40 eura) moglo se završiti u zatvoru. Traperice od poslovnjaka iz Virua često su stajale koliko i prosječna mjesečna plaća u sovjetskoj Estoniji. Estonski umjetnik Soho Fond i sam je bio poslovnjak iz Virua, a u svojim novijim praksama bavi se proučavanjem svoje nekadašnje subkulture.

A two-minute video A Tribute to Soviet Underground Business Scene in Tallin (2013) by Soho Fond gives an overview of Soviet Estonia’s underground business scene and one of its central points in Tallin, the Viru hotel. Viru businessmen as they were called were illegally distributing Western goods that Soviet Union had shortage of: fashionable clothes and accessories, cosmetics, condoms and most notorious plastic shopping bags. Since Estonia has a marine border with Finland, business was mostly made with Finnish tourists. Since Western currencies were forbidden for Soviet citizens, one could end up in prison for 200 Finnish Marks (app. 40 Euros). A pair of jeans from Viru businessmen could cost as much as an average monthly salary in Soviet Estonia. Estonian artist Soho Fond has himself a background of Viru businessman and has been making a research of his former subculture in his recent practices.


eulogo “With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: