These series bring together artists, curators and interdisciplinary researchers dealing with the Baltic region, its neighbouring regions, as well as in broader geographies, with the aim to analyse the imprints of post-socialism and post-colonialism and their impact on contemporary realities.
In this online event art curators and scholars from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine discuss how post- and decolonial strategies are being engaged in the artistic programmes of their institutions, contributing to the relevance of these approaches in the Eastern European context.
The exhibition “Decolonial Ecologies” aims to explore the complex entanglements of postcolonial and postsocialist imprints in contemporary society and culture in the Baltics and its neighbouring regions through the prism of environmental history and environmental changes, and the current ecological crisis. In these brief video interviews, curator, architects and artists talk about the stories behind their works.
As part of the Summer School "Postsocialist Ecologies", we invited all the lecturers and workshop leaders - researchers Egle Rindzevičiūtė, Linda Kaljundi, artists Diana Lelonek, Linda Bolšakova, Quinsy Gario, John Grzinić - to answer the same question: What aspects of environmental and ecological concern that reflect post-socialist, postcolonial or decolonial perspectives are most important in your recent research?
Tamás Péli’s painting Birth was first shown to the public last summer at the Budapest History Museum in the frame of the third OFF-Biennale Budapest. Thanks to the dedicated work of many people, the painting’s story continued – it was on view in Kassel as one of the highlights of documenta fifteen.
In these brief video interviews, the curators and artists of the exhibition "Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds" talk about the histories, stories and memories which are behind their works. These are body memories, neglected women and queer histories, and the Soviet past that still lingers around as shadows or ghostly presence, and the global scale and interconnectedness of the colonial histories.
On Friday, April 29, the exhibition Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds dedicated to the painful histories of Eastern European countries was opened at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius. The opening program of the exhibition also featured performances and a guided tour with the participating artists of the exhibition.
Besides much-needed support, such as donations of money and goods for basic needs, and solidarity actions to help people who are forced to leave their homes, engagement and contributions can also come from artistic and cultural communities.
In order to engage with innovative art mediation approaches and ways, we organised a workshop on mapping the art mediation work. It was led by art mediator Fanny Hajdú from OFF-Biennale, and interpeted in form of a comics by artist Vivianna Maria Staņislavska.
The participants of the seminar share their experiences of how mediation and new forms of audience collaboration can not only help to create a socially responsible and inclusive environment, but also reflect on and address issues that are related to the uneasy relations between past and present.