Parallax Views. Repositioning the East (2)
It has been a good 25 years since “West” and “East” experienced a decisive shift in real political terms. And it has been nearly as long since the still-ongoing process of overcoming the narrow and restrictive notional corset of “art from the former Eastern Bloc” got underway. Articulating oneself in a more freely chosen, expanded context unaffected by the “Eastern art” label represents a special challenge of the transitional or threshold-order that has arisen since then. Initiated by Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, which is focused on precisely this area, and in cooperation with springerin, the conversations will take a closer look at the changing parameters of perspectives on art from the former East. The series of publicly held conversations between renowned theorists and art historians deals with questions such as: What new narratives have stepped up since 1989 to supplant the old East-West paradigm? To what extent has the approach of global art historiography made regional markers obsolete? And can the oft-proposed notional framework of contemporary art serve to sensibly identify what is specific about art that is anchored in a given political geography? This series of “parallactic” discussions is intended to help investigate the positionality, context-dependency and changeability of all the issues in question.
Rasha Salti in conversation with Branislav Dimitrijević
Anthony Yung in conversation with Keti Chukhrov
Marta Dziewańska in conversation with Boris Buden
Saturday, 30 January 2016, 2 – 7 pm
Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Vienna
Boris Buden is a writer and cultural critic based in Berlin. His essays and articles cover the topics of philosophy, politics, cultural and art criticism. He has participated in various conferences and art projects in Western and Eastern Europe.
Keti Chukhrov is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art History and Cultural Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow and runs the theory department at the National Center for Contemporary Art. Chukhrov has authored numerous texts on art theory, culture, politics, and philosophy.
Branislav Dimitrijević is Professor of History and Theory of Art at the School for Art and Design in Belgrade. As a writer and researcher he mainly explores visual art, popular culture and film in socialist Yugoslavia.
Marta Dziewańska is curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Her recent curatorial and editorial projects include “Mária Bartuszová. Provisional Forms” (2015). She regularly contributes with texts to art magazines and exhibition catalogues.
Rasha Salti is an independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living in Beirut. She co-curated a number of film programs including a retrospective of Syrian cinema that toured worldwide (2006), and Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now, (2010-2012) showcased at the MoMA in New York.
Anthony Yung is senior researcher at the Asia Art Archive, specializing in China related archives and research projects during the 1980s. Yung is co-founder of Observation Society art space in Guangzhou. He is co-curator of ‘A Hundred Years of Shame – Songs of Resistance and Scenarios for Chinese Nations’ (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2015).
First conversation in 2015.