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Mutually. Artists and Communities in Moravia in the 1970s – 80s

Author: Barbora Klímová
Editors: Barbora Klímová, Tomáš Pospiszyl
Publisher: tranzit.cz, Prague
Content: 246 pages
ISBN: 978-80-87259-21-54
Year: 2013

The publication examines artistic phenomena on the peripheries of social affairs in the Moravian environment of the 1970s and ’80s.

Each of the five chapters is dedicated to a single artist or pair of artists. In the environment of state-controlled cultural policy, the free-thinking artists of the then Czechoslovakia operated “on the periphery” of society. They formed various communities and alternative zones, and even alternative institutions. The text, therefore, also touches on communities connected by experimental creation, their environment and their context.

The selected, locally-specific Moravian enclaves are compared here with similar ones in Bohemia and Slovakia. Mention is also made of the disparate situations in other countries of Eastern Europe, which similarly found themselves under pressure from political dictatorship. The examples relate also to the global conceptualist movement.

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.