Subjective Histories. Self-historicisation as Artistic Practice in Central-East Europe
Edit András, Ivana Bago, Hana Buddeus, Branko Dimitrijević, Daniel Grúň, Mira Keratová, Emese Kürti, Jana Písaříková, Alina Serban, Darko Šimičić
Edited by: Daniel Grúň
Published by: VEDA, SAS Publishing House, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2020
Design and cover: Ondrej Jób
Size: 16,5 x 23,4
Biding: Soft cover
The book is devoted to the artistic methods of self-historicisation, archiving, and the creation of alternative institutional frameworks in the context of power and ideology structures dominating art in Communist Central and Eastern Europe and subsequently during their transformation. Ten essays by Edit András, Ivana Bago, Hana Buddeus, Branislav Dimitrijević, Daniel Grúň, Mira Keratová, Emese Kürti, Alina Serban, Darko Šimičić, Jana Písaříková take the form of case studies that focus on neo-avant-garde, post-avant-garde, and contemporary art projects from Poland, Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Their common denominator is their development over long stretches of time, in many cases coinciding with the lifetimes of their creators. Trying to come to terms with the given conditions for artistic practise in each of these countries, artists like Peter Bartoš, Goran Đorđević, Györgi Galántai, Matej Gavula, Tomislav Gotovac, Zofia Kulik, Ana Lupaș, Lia Perjovschi, Milica Tomić, Petr Štembera, Jiří Valoch, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor and others developed a link between artistic and community work, practices of collecting, sorting and distributing difficult to access or otherwise censored knowledge and information, establishing parallel institutional networks and founding active archives which today serve as inspiration, not only to galleries and museums, but also to contemporary artists, theoreticians, and organizers of art events.