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 de-communisation, 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 layer, dilapidate, 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