State of Utopia Playing Cards 20th Century Communist Art

State of Utopia Playing Cards 20th Century Communist Art

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The State of Utopia playing cards pay homage to the artwork of Communist era propaganda and the Utopian vision it portrays. While the artwork is inspiring, it also serves as a warning about Utopian dreams of a perfect society.

Deck Features:

  • Limited release, only 500 decks were ever printed
  • Themed on Communist 20th century propaganda artwork
  • Designed in Australia by artist Shira Bentley
  • Custom cards, tuck case inner printing and seal sticker
  • 310gsm premium German linen stock
  • Manufactured in eastern Europe by NPCC
  • Gold foil finishes on tuck case

Communist era artwork on the whole were a tool for indoctrination and control. All Communist art, and indeed almost every aspect of Communist life was a tool to support the state and its ideology.

Typically Communist era art portrayed images that were romantic and heroic; that exuded strength and honour and fierce pride. It is that compelling and heroic style of art that this deck draws on, but it does so without celebrating the ideology that underpins it.

Utopian visions of a perfect society are responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. Communist Utopian plans for modernisation and universal egalitarianism claimed tens of millions of lives in China and the Soviet Union. And in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, lives of one quarter of the population were lost while they attempted to realise their Utopian dream.

So, enjoy the art and beware the Utopian ideology. Good intentions have not always turned out well for the revolutionaries. The 'State of Utopia' has been an Australian team effort and collaboration between Pierre Huetter - Aleseva, Josh Boyle - Buyworthy and artist Shira Bentley.

Condition Brand New & Sealed
Aleseva/Buyworthy, Australia
Shira Bentley, Australia
Manufacturer Noir Arts (NPCC), Ukraine
Production Date 2019
Card Material Premium Paper Stock
Card Size Standard, Poker Size
Product Status In-Stock (Australia)
Collectors Info Out-of-Print, Limited Release
Only 500 manufactured

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