Recent Art and Politics in Eastern Europe – OCC Athens

It almost seemed like all the big problems had moved to Greece. But the agenda changed again —for example the focus is now once again on Eastern Europe, where austerity and xenophobia meet in ‘ perfect harmony’. The region’s firm anti-immigration stance reveals not only social insensitivity, but neo-nationalisms and the fear of the other. The division between East and West in Europe may be even deeper than we thought – and the post-Communist condition is not quite over.

(Drawing by Dan Perjovschi)

This two-day symposium –with artists’ dialogues, a screening, a lecture, panels and a performance– reflects the artistic, activist and political dilemmas of Eastern Europe. How is the artistic community reacting to the harsher political weather? How does it challenge oppressive and narrow-minded regimes? How does it tackle issues of rampant nationalism? And can art, once again, become an agent of coming together politically? Or is this too much to expect?

Curated by: Katia Arfara and Joanna Warsza

With: Boris Groys, Piotr Gruszczynski, Nataša Ilić (WHW), Szabolcs KissPál, Luca Janka László, Sodja Lotker, Tomislav Medak, Livia Páldi, Dan Perjovschi, Hajnalka Somogyi, Kostis Stafylakis, Kuba Szreder, Adam Szymczyk, Wojtek Ziemilski, Artur Żmijewski

Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

video documentation of the live stream stream here

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