In Estonia the situation is a bit tense, and it is not quite clear what is actually happening. At list from the western side of Europe (here and here reports from Estonian networks).
What Bourdieu called symbolic violence, is no longer symbolic. Culture is violence as we can clearly see in Estonia: the fight began around the removal of all the former soviet union symbols and monuments, starting from the official language, since the beginning of Estonian Independence back in the 90’s. The problem is that a large amount of the Estonian population is still Russian. The fight around the removal of the first of may monument involved last week, police, Estonian and Russian speaking populations.
Trial and Error is an artists answer on this kind of symbolic violence, it is a great work that help to keep violence “symbolic”, maybe. Trial and Error is a Swedish artist duo, Janna Holmstedt and Po Hagström, working with projects related to national identity and the use of public space.
One more time artists got there before things happened: the project is based in Tallinn, around the discussion of the removal of a Soviet monument and its replacement.