Author Archives for kd_Admin
July 10, 2020 3:09 pm
On display at Plan B Berlin until the 1st of August, Octav Grigorescu’s exhibition “LORA TAU and other stories” offers the surviving remnants of an ideal world thought to be lost. Ranging from abstract painting on canvas to book illustrations, Grigorescu’s works are fused together into an almost invisible materiality, asking to be discovered through the intuition and understanding of the viewer.
July 10, 2020 9:50 am
In his most recent exhibition Blurred Lines (held at Hulu Gallery in Split, Croatia and curated by Olga Stefan), Karam Natour explores the dynamics of power structures within society. Natour, a young artist and professor at the Academy of Art and Design in Bezalel, mainly works with video—a medium which allows him to maintain an ironic and playful stance in his practice, which often involves himself and his family.
July 6, 2020 2:09 pm
Traveling in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone raises broader questions about humanity’s appetite for risk and the appeal of ‘dark tourism.’ Documenting those travels and experiences allows us to understand these appeals better. Iara Lee’s film Stalking Chernobyl is a powerful tool that critically tackles this desire, and is now streaming for free online, for a limited time.
July 3, 2020 3:27 pm
New East Poetistas is a contemporary historical record of the moment in Romanian-European-global forms of life from both a diagnostic and speculative perspective. The works of Jasmina Al-Qaisi, Ioana Cîrlig, Larisa Crunțeanu and Patricia Morosan reflect the shifting perceptions of Central and Southeastern Europe and follow the lives and occupations of those living in the region.
July 2, 2020 10:28 am
Found at the intersection between breathing and screaming, Polish/Chinese musician Ai fen’s latest work explores the dissolution of the self. Natálie Zehnalová delves deeper into Ai fen’s video—which premieres on the cyberspace today—, ultimately asserting that for the experimental musician, screaming and breathing are acts of transformative liberation that empower the being.
June 29, 2020 10:03 am
Slovak interdisciplinary artist Erik Sikora is the recipient of the 2019 Oskár Čepan Award—the most prominent annual award given to a Slovak artist under the age of forty. Art historian and writer Alex Fisher visited the Čepan prize exhibition, digging deeper into the artist’s practice, which is melding and morphing notions of grounding, abundance, and accessibility on teared levels of local, regional, national, and continental. In Sikora’s work, the particular and the ubiquitous are constantly nipping at each other’s heels.
June 24, 2020 7:29 am
The Paintbrush Factory was launched in 2009 and closed down ten years later. Curator and researcher Olga Ștefan seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what The Paintbrush Factory entailed: its horizontality and organisational structure, its importance to the local community, and its existence as a model for similarly minded arts organisations. The fifth interview is with Mihai Pop, Romanian artist, gallerist and coordinator of Galeria Plan B.
June 23, 2020 7:55 am
Alina Lupu is an artist and writer based in Amsterdam whose work is at the intersection between labour precarity, institutional critique, and performative practices. We talked about her praxis, transnationalism, contemporary divisions of labour, migration, and municipal elections.
June 18, 2020 2:51 pm
Entering the realms of memory and nostalgia, artist and researcher Ayla Dmyterko seeks to deconstruct the surviving visual symbols and oral histories that surround a transnational, inter-generational Ukrainian-Canadian community. As part of her practice, these intersectional epistemologies are bound together by auto-ethnographic writing and studio-led investigations. To this end, Dmyterko is interested in the sites of return, reclamation, and interstice that co-exist in diasporic cultural memory.
June 16, 2020 1:56 pm
The Paintbrush Factory was launched in 2009 and closed down ten years later. Curator and researcher Olga Ștefan seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what The Paintbrush Factory entailed: its horizontality and organisational structure, its importance to the local community, and its existence as a model for similarly minded arts organisations. The fourth interview is with Ciprian Mureșan, Romanian artist and editor of the IDEA Art + Society magazine.
June 11, 2020 2:12 pm
Film researcher Izabella Wodzka is seeking to deconstruct contemporary cinematic representations of Gypsy, Roma, Travellers. She focuses on Papusza (2013), a film that departs from Bronisława Wajs' life—the first female Roma poet to be published—, and which represents an attempt to decolonise the knowledge that is unevenly spread with regards to such meta categories.
June 9, 2020 8:14 am
The Paintbrush Factory was launched in 2009 and closed down ten years later. Curator and researcher Olga Ștefan seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what The Paintbrush Factory entailed: its horizontality and organisational structure, its importance to the local community, and its existence as a model for similarly minded arts organisations. The third interview is with Sorin Neamțu, Romanian artist and co-founder of Baril Gallery, involved with the Factory starting with 2012.
June 8, 2020 12:02 pm
For Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, poetry was a “chance meeting in language-time nobody can foresee.” For Celan, darkness is not willed obscurity, rather, the poem comes out of lived experience and is “born dark.”
June 5, 2020 10:16 am
In these absurd times, we are offering our sold-out issue for free in digital format. For those more generous of you, please also consider donating in order to support our activities.
June 1, 2020 7:05 pm
The Paintbrush Factory was launched in 2009 and closed down ten years later. Curator and researcher Olga Ștefan seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what The Paintbrush Factory entailed: its horizontality and organisational structure, its importance to the local community, and its existence as a model for similarly minded arts organisations. The second interview is with Miki Braniște, cultural manager and curator for performing arts and interdisciplinary projects, currently president of Colectiv A Association.
May 29, 2020 6:42 am
“Being queer means leading a different sort of life. It’s about being on the margins, defining ourselves; it’s about genderfuck and secrets, what’s beneath the belt and deep inside the heart; it’s about the night.” Zsolt Miklósvölgyi explores the literary spaces of Hungarian writer Péter Nádas by critically approaching the notion of queerness as liminality.
May 25, 2020 1:15 pm
New little bookshop in the city centre of Bucharest.
May 25, 2020 10:26 am
The Paintbrush Factory was launched in 2009 and closed down ten years later. Curator and researcher Olga Ștefan seeks to provide a deeper understanding of what The Paintbrush Factory entailed: its horizontality and organisational structure, its importance to the local community, and its existence as a model for similarly minded arts organisations. The first interview is with Corina Bucea, cultural manager living and working in Cluj, Romania and co-founder of The Paintbrush Factory.
May 4, 2020 7:10 am
The selected photos are a part of the “Postcards from Poland” series shot between 2012 and 2013, at the time when Julia Sokolnicka was almost always on the road. The constant state of moving allowed her to capture a change of scenery historically speaking, to visually document a transition toward something. The old and rotten slowly being wiped out, the cheap and poor, gaining stability and wealth.
April 20, 2020 12:29 pm
“What’s more important? The sound or the phenomenon?” rhetorically inquiries Iancu Dumitrescu. As a largely experiential method, his approach to sound is based on exchanges between tension and relaxation, sonic microstructures and monumental climaxes. We visited Iancu Dumitrescu’s safe haven where hyperspectral music was born and talked about sonic archaeologies, paradoxes, and music as a shape shifting process.
April 17, 2020 8:05 pm
The post-1989 treatment of the socialist urban landscape vividly illustrates persistent redevelopment and eradication by those in power, whether by political or economic circumstances. Urban researcher Natália Kvítková retraces the lost heritage of forsaken architecture in the form of reimagined therapeutic obituaries.
April 14, 2020 4:25 pm
The exhibition curated by Maria Veits offers artistic interpretations of displaced stories, while reclaiming the past and the future. Focused on the space exploration of the Cold War era, the exhibition becomes even more relevant in the current times of environmental, political, and economic crisis, in a world that is still looking up to cross-planetary colonial ambitions.
March 31, 2020 2:01 pm
Maksym Kozlov's subjects are now able to see themselves in their deeply forgotten childhoods, during the times of irregularly changing paradigms, such as the ones from the late 1990s and early 2000s; when the last fragments of the Soviet Empire were barely visible, as they started to increasingly transition toward something else.
March 23, 2020 8:08 pm
Kristin Wenzel’s first solo exhibition at SUPRAINFINIT Gallery continues her research into architecture and the production of space. For Wenzel, architecture is both a cultural symbol and a space for encounter. With "The Near and the Elsewhere", her artistic investigation enters the realm of liminality.
March 19, 2020 4:09 pm
During times when society's real key workers are being revealed—not the bankers, traders, or managers, but the shelf stackers, delivery drivers, nurses, carers, bin men—, research and design collective CAPTCHA (Andrea Mologni and Margherita Marri) writes about the perilous link between infrastructure, technology, and corporate logistics at the periphery.
March 3, 2020 6:53 am
Focusing on the permanent state of uncertainty that is surrounding a forever work in progress—Brașov's airport and its runway—, Mihai Șovăială's book Holding Pattern is deftly touching upon other liminal politics: governing and policing, surveillance and neoliberal capitalism, decay and privatisation, post-socialism and the public space.
February 21, 2020 3:24 pm
For our 4th issue which is due in 2020, we are extending the Kajet family 💛
February 14, 2020 7:24 am
Time never stood still for Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite the long and irrational 1990s. Polish artist Monika Orpik seeks to provide a different deconstruction of a lost chronology of post-Yugoslav happenings. By focusing on the relationship between struggle and resistance across time, she comes up with three diachronic chapters that touch upon sacrifice, the end, and hope.
February 6, 2020 3:51 pm
Polish photographer Justyna Górniak explores the politics of displacement that have become ingrained in the psyche of migrating communities. By focusing on the relationship between rituals and the everyday, an invigorating sense of collectivity and the pervasiveness (as well as perversity) of geopolitics, Górniak provides a hopeful reassessment of the uprooted Crimean Tatar population: although displaced and once again forced to live in an indefinite exile, their life goes on. For them, more than ever, hope is measured by the possibility to return home.
February 6, 2020 7:11 am
At the end of 2019, artist Larisa Crunțeanu met curator and writer Olivia Berkowicz to talk about BLUEPRINT, a walk-in installation and scenography about collective consciousness that explores similarities between the architectural plan and the clothing cutting pattern. The work took inspiration from Sala Omnia, a historical building originally designed to host the meetings of the Romanian Communist Party, which will convert into the National Dance Centre starting 2022.
February 4, 2020 4:02 pm
Relying on their experience of the long 1990s and the uncertainty that characterised the post-Yugoslav space, Marija Gavrilov & Arsenije Ćatić draw forces as citizens of the periphery in order to deconstruct a contemporary Serbia found at the crossroads between East and West, between technology and all-too-present generational hurdles.
January 28, 2020 3:35 pm
Vladimir Borțun is a political scientist and activist from Bucharest currently living in Barcelona. We spoke about borders & the East-West divide, contemporary mythologies of the past & the core-periphery cleavage, disillusionment & the European elites, and the importance of internationalism in our toolkits.
January 22, 2020 8:51 am
As part of our website's relaunch, we have started a new interview series. The second to come forward is Uroš Pajović—Serbian, Berlin-based researcher and writer dealing with the intersection between architecture, the politics of space and visual arts, the post-Yugoslav landscape and self-management, as well as the East-West divide.
January 20, 2020 3:21 pm
The following instances are by no means exhaustive or defining moments in the history of Eastern Europe. Rather, they should be read as suspended breaks in the region’s past, descriptive manifestations of struggling against normative and hegemonic undertakings of the status-quo; if anything they are originating in nostalgia and deracination, transience and transcendence, mythologies and demonisation, empowerment and resistance.
December 2, 2019 7:24 pm
As part of our website's relaunch, we have started a new interview series. The first to come forward is Apparatus 22—a multidisciplinary art collective seeking to alter perception through radical imagination & critically explore society through the lens of contemporary art, fashion, and more.
December 2, 2019 4:21 pm
“Every generation constructs a nostalgia for two or three generations behind.” We followed Vlad Nancă for a few cold days of November, visiting the last days of his solo exhibition “Vis-à-Vis” at Suprainfinit Gallery, the intimate space of his beautiful home, as well as his childhood apartment and the neighbourhood where he grew up: Drumul Taberei.
November 29, 2019 7:30 am
Polish photographer Dominik Wojciechowski explores the process of identity making and its complexities in the case of the former Yugoslavia by seeking to critically understand Yugonostalgia and the post-Yugoslav identity.
November 28, 2019 7:35 am
This interview with Prof. Elke Krasny was conducted by Natalia Yeromenko during the symposium In the First Person: Memory in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in connection with her lecture on curatorial materialism and feminism. Krasny, curator, cultural theorist, urban researcher and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, framed her discussion on the materialist discourse through the term 'labour of love'. The phrase provides an entry point to ongoing issues, such as economic and employment precarity and its geographical localisation, as well as the potentialities for communitarian responses to such conditions.
November 25, 2019 2:42 pm
Leninfall, besieged statues, rabid processes of decommunisation, anti-terrorist operations in Donbass, the hell of Maidan, nationalist movements—Ukraine has had it all. Kateryna Filyuk explores the emergence of a different kind of negotiation between the public space, society, the past, and contemporary art.
November 24, 2019 9:41 am
Soviet Innerness explores the places where wallpaper is torn and Pravda peeks out; where coats of paint and eerie flowers blossom; where time stands still and the unheimlich is comfortable.
November 24, 2019 9:17 am
Why did my great-grandmother—and Aromanian women in general—use to have a cross tattooed on their forehead? What was the primary purpose of such a tattoo? What did it actually mean? Was it a mere aesthetic adornment? Why a cross, then? And, why on such a visible part of the body? Did it have something to do with the particularity of being Aromanian? Or, maybe it had a religious purpose behind it?
November 24, 2019 7:21 am
“Intuitive respect for the law just isn’t part of Eastern Europeans’ psychological or cultural makeup. Legal is anything they can get away with; moral is anything that pays an immediate dividend.” Alexander Boot
November 23, 2019 4:37 pm
In the Yugoslav history, amateur film collectives shifted from small, bourgeois circles during the 1920s, into political instruments after World War II, and, more recently, into communities entangled at the crossroads of consumerist and artistic practices. Following the structural path of amateur filmmaking and Kino Klub Zagreb’s collective practices, this study should be read as a puzzle of field notes, interviews and historical findings, personal impressions, immersions, and memories, as seen from different standpoints and over various timeframes.
November 23, 2019 4:24 pm
Will Gresson explores everyday life as lived in a student accommodation called the Fforst—with its complex intricacies, multicultural diversity, and enhanced sense of collectivity.
November 23, 2019 1:56 pm
In the context of the three long decades that have passed since the fall of the post-war communist regimes of Eastern Europe, how has the region dealt with its own condition of marginality?
November 22, 2019 3:48 pm
Departing from the subcultural youth of 1960s Poland, their anti-structural ideas and the emergence of the bohemian proto-hipster in Polish socialism, Olivia Berkowicz uses Andrzej Wajda's 1960 cinematic masterpiece Innocent Sorcerers in order to explore the relationship between play and space.
November 3, 2019 3:16 pm
I soon realise that my chances to hitch a truck going to Bucharest overnight are increasingly minuscule. An elderly man trying to sell carved wooden souvenirs to truck drivers points towards a gas station a bit further down the dusty road. Following his advice, I walk past abandoned exchange kiosks and weathered billboards. Accompanied by a polyphonic chorus of birds and stray dogs, I watch the sunset reflected in a large fish pond next to the road.
October 30, 2019 7:26 pm
In the context where the personal realm not only interacts with but actively mediates the very work of art that is being produced, it is in Herta Müller’s writings that one can find the best representation of the island man metaphor.
October 27, 2019 3:37 pm
Dalmatinka, founded in 1951 in Sinj (Croatia), was the leading manufacturer of sewing thread in East-Central Europe, as well as the foundation of modernisation in the southern region of Croatia. After Yugoslavia broke up, the factory went bankrupt and was closed in 2009. At its peak, the factory had around 3,000 employees—the same amount of unemployed adults in Sinj alone nowadays.
July 24, 2019 1:19 pm
THIRD EDITION OF THE EASTERNDAZE FESTIVAL CONTINUES TO PAIR ELECTRONIC MUSIC COLLECTIVES OF EASTERN EUROPE + BERLIN TO CELEBRATE DIY ARTS & COMMUNAL ETHOS