Contemporary Art from Eastern Europe



16 May – 26 June 04



Opening: 15 May 2004, 7 pm


The exhibition presents video works and installations from Eastern Europe, all of which use Appropriation as artistic process. The contemporary artists use the formerly anonymous, collective, state-controlled cultural production of the socialist era, transform their forms and principles, thus creating their own artistic worlds and identities. The search for a contemporary language for the events of the Communist past, describes the attempt to address the processes of denial and repression, but also shows the difficulty of finding adequate, contemporary forms for dealing with the past.

The exhibition is part of the research project "The Post-Communist Condition" funded by the Federal Culture Foundation and is located at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, showing artistic positions of more than 20 artists from countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, among others works by Olga Chernysheva, Alla Georgieva, Dmitri Gutov, Evgenij Jufit, Zbigniew Libera, Yerbossyn Meldibekov, Boris Mikhailov, Tanja Ostojic, Anri Sala, Nedko Solakov, Sanja Ivekovic and Artur Zmijewski are on display.

An initiative project of the Federal Culture Foundation in cooperation with the ZKM Karlsruhe

In cooperation with KW Institute for Contemporary Art