The following podcast took place on October 30, 2011, on the occasion of the exhibition Voices from the Center at threewalls gallery in Chicago, October 28 – December 10, 2011. The exhibition is an extension of a series of interviews with those living in Eastern Europe about life during and after communism by artist and curator Janeil Engelstad, beginning in 2006. This multi-tiered project takes the form of an interactive web platform (www.voicesfromthecenter.net), as well as public events. This exhibition, the first iteration in the United States, gathers the work of Engelstad and artists Grafixpol (Poland), Oto Hudec (Slovakia/Portugal), Magda Stanová (Slovakia), Miklós Surányi (Hungary), Matej Vakula (Slovakia), and Tehnica Schweiz (Hungary). Their works respond to the original interviews, as well as impart the artists’ own reflections on the imprint of communism in their respective countries. With the exception of Gergely László and Péter Rákos of the collaborative Technica Schweiz, and Kasia Worpus-Wronska of the design team Grafixpol, this interview, conducted by Susan Snodgrass, includes Engelstad and the artists of the exhibition.
Special thanks to Adam Garcia for his assistance with the audio files.
Photo: Grafixpol Kaleidoscope, Off-set poster Courtesy threewalls gallery, Chicago
Articles: Joan Kee (Ann Arbor) considers the problem of scale in contemporary art practice. Carla Macchiavello (Bogotá) discusses the problem of influence in Latin American art during the 1970s and 1980s. Ruben and Maja Fowkes (Budapest) examine East European artists' approaches to the natural environment during the 1970s and beyond.
In the Document section, we present two pre-revolution Iranian manifestos of modern art (introduction/translation: Bavand Behpoor).
Artist Project: Shady El Noshokaty (Cairo), Rat Diaries, a series of drawings that attempts to map the intensity of everyday life in Egypt intertwined with intuitive visual and verbal comments on art practice.
Review Article: Monica Amor (Baltimore) discusses the exhibition Cold America: Geometric Abstraction in Latin America (1934-1973) and Alejandro Crispiani's book Objetos para transformar el mundo: Trayectorias del arte concreto-invención, Argentina y Chile, 1940-1970 [Objects to Transform the World: Trajectories of Concrete-Invention Art, Argentina and Chile, 1940-1970].
Two independent outlets, in separate media, of one and the same publication.
ARTMARGINS (print journal)
ARTMargins publishes scholarly articles and essays about contemporary art, politics, media, architecture, and critical theory. ARTMargins studies art practices and visual culture in the emerging global margins, from North Africa and the Middle East to the Americas, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and Australasia.