Today on Jacket 2, I am delighted to present a guest post from Gerald Janecek on the work of the conceptual artist and writer Dmitri Prigov, whose work is the focus of one chapter of A Common Strangeness. Some time ago, Jerry shared with me an extraordinary video of Prigov performing with the musician Vladimir Tarasov in the apartment studio of Ilya Kabakov in Moscow in 1986. Below (and on Jacket2), I present part of this video: Prigov and Tarasov’s performance of the 49-aya azbuka or 49th Alphabet from Prigov’s Azbuki or Alphabets series (you can read the Russian text here). Jerry’s commentary on the work and its performance can be read here. Together I hope they will serve as an introduction to a writer and artist who deserves to be far better known in the English-speaking world.