Petra kutra – power and politics

My god, help me to survive this deadly love.

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Artist Dmitri Vrubel created this iconic piece on the Berlin Wall in 1990.
It is a depiction of a photo taken of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in an embrace, captured in 1979 during the 30th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the German Democratic Republic.

The kiss was a traditional way for the leaders to congratulate and celebrate each other but this enlarged and close up image seems to speak of something else. Possibly the indulgence of the leaders, 1979 being a difficult time for gays. Of possibly just showing that the leaders are also human and not just government machines.

Either way this images has inspired thousands and is the most popular work on the wall. It was an amazing chance to see it! (Photo is my own) I think the way people have graffitied over it shows how people have reacted to the image and possibly this has helped the fight against homophobia.

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