• Amateurs and Lovers: Nikolay Bakharev's Gaze

    Exhibition Reviews
    Nikolay Bakharev once photographed me and my adult daughter. We were part of a project initiated by a Moscow magazine. We were ready: we had gotten dressed up and we struck a pose, embracing against the white walls of my apartment. We hugged a bit more fe...
  • A Conversation with Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

    Once the center of the Moscow circle of conceptualists, Ilya Kabakov has become one of the most highly visible artists working today. He was named by ArtNews as one of the “ten greatest living artists” in 2000. Throughout his forty-year plus career,...
  • Truancy: A Portrait of Artur Żmijewski

    On April 2, 2008, Artur Żmijewski took part in the My History of Art series of lectures at the Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. The lecture was followed by a conversation with Paweł Polit, Grezgorz Borkowski, Anna Łazar and...
  • Warsaw’s Foksal Gallery 1966-72: Between PLACE and Archive

    On January 21, 1967, Tadeusz Kantor sent a special message to Foksal PSP Gallery in Warsaw. This message has not been entirely deciphered until now, but ever since it was delivered it has exerted its influence on the character of artistic experiment...
  • “Wash Your Dirty Money With My Art” - Hedvig Turai in Conversation with János Sugár

    In the summer of 2008, János Sugár exhibited the sentence "Wash your dirty money with my art" at the Kunsthalle, Budapest, as part of an exhibition entitled What's up? Parallel with exhibiting the sentence in this safe contex...
  • A Little Mermaid in the World of Russian Advertising ("Rusalka" Roundtable, #5)

    Film & Screen Media
    “Starting life as a tiny fish in the belly of a libidinous Russian woman, only to be released by the sperm of a drunken sailor, doesn’t sound like the beginning of a simple existence for anyone. So for the scrawny, awkwardly endearing Alisa ...
  • Interview with Iosif Kiràly

    Iosif Kiràly is one of Romania’s most prominent contemporary artists. He teaches at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, where he is also the co-founder of the Department of Photography and Time-Based Media Arts. Kiràly lives and works in Bu...
  • Archives Don't Burn: Hito Steyerl's Film “Journal No.1 – An Artist's Impression” (Film Review)

    Film & Screen Media
    Journal No. 1 - An Artist's Impression. Directed by Hito Steyerl.  2007. Video: 21 min.“Once upon a time there was a country…”  This sentence, borrowed from Dušan Kovačević’s novel of the same title and later adopted into Emir Kusturica’s f...
  • Barbora Klímová About Her Recent Manifesta Project

    Barbora Klímová lives and works in Brno Czech Republic. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Klímová is also a holder of the Tranzit Award (2007), as well as the prestigious Jindrich Chalupecky Price awarded annually to Czech cont...
  • The Magical Bug Trainer: a Whimsical Biography of Ladislas Starevich (Film Review)

    Film & Screen Media
    The Bug Trainer (Vabzdžių dresuotojas), directed by Donatas Ulvydas, Linas Augutis, Marek Skrobecki, and Rasa Miskinyte. (Lithuania-Poland-Japan-The Netherlands - Finland, 2008). The Bug Trainer is a biopic which tells the story of the legendary Polish-...
  • "ARTMargins" Talks to Jaroslav Anděl, Artistic Director of DOX Center, Prague

    Jaroslav Anděl has produced numerous exhibitions and publications on modern and contemporary art both in the Czech Republic and abroad. He is the co-author of  Czech Modernism 1900-1945 (Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. 1990) and co-e...
  • The Polish New Wave at Tate Modern (Film Review)

    Film & Screen Media
    Polish New Wave, Kinoteka Film Festival 2009, Tate Modern, London, 3-5 April, 2009As the title of this event implies, the Polish New Wave is by no means a straightforward pre-existing historical movement that can be precisely dated. In contrast to the Fre...
  • Iren Stehli, Brigitte Weiss Galerie, Zurich, January 16, 2009 - March 7, 2009.

    Exhibition Reviews
    IREN STEHLI, BRIGITTE WEISS GALERIE, ZURICH. JANUARY 16, 2009 – MARCH 7, 2009Iren Stehli, a Swiss native who was drawn to Prague by her interest in her mother’s heritage, first arrived there in 1974. At that time the city was in the midst of a difficu...
  • The Splendor and Misery of the Little Mermaid: Roundtable On Anna Melikyan's "Rusalka" (Introduction)

    Film & Screen Media
    Mermaid (Rusalka). Directed by Anna Melikyan. Central Partnership, 2007. 115 min/100 min (theatrical version in Russia), 35 MM.As a result of a workshop held in Berlin in November 2008 we invited five critics and scholars to discuss Anna Melikyan’s film...
  • Theodor Adorno, Fairy Tales, and "Rusalka" ("Rusalka" Roundtable, #4)

    Film & Screen Media
    In “Wolf as Grandmother,” one of his reflections in Minima Moralia (1951), Theodor W. Adorno once disputed the claims of those who defend film as a “popular art” (Volkskunst) against the standards of autonomous works of art. According to Adorno, t...
  • A Modern Fairy Tale ("Rusalka" Roundtable, #3)

    Film & Screen Media
    “I can make dreams come true,” says Alisa and by doing so makes one of the many claims in this movie which are supposed to make us believe that Anna Melikyan’s Mermaid is a modern fairy tale. The way in which the film is put together: the camera wor...
  • Glamor Discourse ("Rusalka" Roundtable, #2)

    Film & Screen Media
    Anna Melikjan’s Mermaid (Rusalka, 2007) is one of several recent Russian films dealing with the Cinderella story in the context of contemporary Russia. In Rusalka as well as in Pops (Popsa, directed by Elena Nikolaeva, 2005) or Gloss (Glianets, directed...
  • Happy End ("Rusalka" Roundtable, #1)

    Film & Screen Media
    The “little mermaid,” the naïve heroine of Anna Melikyan’s The Mermaid, dies minutes before the film ends. She is struck by a car in Moscow, the brutal Russian capital that is so indifferent to the fate of its inhabitants. This sudden, hyper-realis...
  • Edi Hila, "Paysages Transitionnels", Galerie JGM, Paris, January 15, 2009 - February 15, 2009.

    Exhibition Reviews
    Edi Hila: Paysages Transitionnels, Galerie JGM, Paris. January 15, 2009 - February 15, 2009Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Edi Hila has been known in the international art community as one of the most remarkable artists of his generation. Hila is ...
  • "Without Borders", Austrian Cultural Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia, March 5, 2009 - April 24, 2009.

    Exhibition Reviews
    Without Borders, Austrian Cultural Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia. March 5, 2009 - April 24, 2009In 1989 the Iron Curtain fell. That same year, the organization "Kultur Kontakt Austria" was founded. In that period of drastic social and political changes when...

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