Gender Check: A Reader. Art and Theory in Eastern Europe

Gender Check: Art and Theory in Eastern Europe has been produced as part of the research and exhibition project Gender Check: Femininity and Masuclinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, shown at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna. This reader gathers writings on art and gender in Eastern Europe, supplementing present debates with neglected historical and contemporary aspects. The reader offers a collection of texts dealing with concepts and discourses investigating gender in social, cultural, and artistic contexts within Eastern Europe: Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The authors reveal how social and cultural developments and political ideologies affect the construction of gender identities in visual art produced before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Bojana Pejić has selected a wide variety of texts originally published between 1988 and 2009, dealing with the socialist and post-socialist periods. The reader demonstrates that leading Eastern European feminist and gender scholars, art historians, curators, and artists created a polylogue, a discursive condition that is not a monolithic and unanimous Eastern European dispositif but dialogical and inter-relational.

The volume includes a bibliography collecting entries from twenty-four countries, reflecting the reception of gender theories in Eastern European art history and criticism. Gender Check: A Reader offers a key strategic tool for an interrogative and corrective historiography not only of Eastern Europe but of feminist art history in general.