29 Jul 2011 - 18 Nov 2011
Memoirs From A Cold Utopia: Contemporary Eastern European Artists' Reflections on Social Transformations
On the 20th anniversary marking the start of the collapse of the former Soviet Bloc, this exhibition features the reactions of East European artists to the changes after the Cold War. These range from Bitch Academy to irreverent guerilla art interventions; from solemn memorials to a Lego concentration camp. Exhibition includes work by Czech artists Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda.
2011 marks the 20th anniversary of rapid political change
that included the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of
theCold War, and the reunification Eastern and Western Europe.
In a powerful series of films, images, installations and prints, Memoirs
from a Cold Utopia features the work of 18 artists from
the former Soviet Bloc, examining their reponses to political transformation
during the past two decades.
Paradoxically, during the late Communist period, many artists withdrew from overt social engagement, considering the exploration of abstract, subjective and conceptual ideas to be a ‘political’ act, yet under capitalism many contemporary artists have turned to the exploration of political issues and socially engaged practices. Referring ambiguously to both the ‘Cold War Period’ and the social alienation of a free market economy, Memoirs from a Cold Utopia showcases artists whose work employs contemporary art strategies to explore historical, social and political issues in their regions.
The exhibition features work by The Blue Noses Group (Viacheslav Mizin, Alexander Shaburov), Stefan Constantinescu, Kestutis Grigaliunas, Edmunds Jansons, Igor Grubic, Vit Klusák & Filip Remunda , Iosif Kiraly, Andrzej Krauze, Zbigniew Libera , Dan Mihaltianu, Tanja Muravskaja, Marko Mäetamm & Anu Juurak, Józef Robakowski, Alina Rudnitskaya, Ivan Moudov.
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10.30am - 6pm
londonprintstudio, 425 Harrow Road, London W10 4RE
From: 29 Jul 2011
To: 18 Nov 2011