Monthly Archive: April 2000

Problems in Transit: Performance in Romania

Politically, socially, and economically speaking, the collapse of communism has brought about a lot of changes to the countries of East-Central Europe. The demise of the communist system in Romania in 1989 exposed a political, social and economic crisis that had been hidden for decades. The consequences were dramatic: After more than twenty years of dictatorship – with the 1980s as the most oppressive period – the overthrow of the totalitarian system culminated in a coup d’état. Romanian society was shattered and traumatised to the core.

Beginning in 1990, for the first time in many years, Romanian performance artists came … Read more

“Unmade”: Self-Portraits by Monika Duda

Monika Duda. Unmade. Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland. 10 March-30 April 2000.

Monika Duda, born in Lublin, Poland, in 1967, lives and works in London. Duda studied art history at the ATK University in Warsaw, 1986-1992, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, 1991-1992. Solo exhibitions: The Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 1999; selected group exhibitions: “What Difference Does It Make”, Cambridge Darkroom Gallery, Cambridge, 1998; “Le Jardin”, Stockwell Studios, London, 1998.

Monika Duda’s Unmade, a series of several dozen photographic self-portraits made over a period of six months (from January … Read more

“It’s Yesterday’s Train That’s Late” : Underground Rock and the Changing Face of Art Theory in Hungary

Trabant-icon of Hungarian underground rock
Jeno Menyhart, one of the most articulate personalities of the Hungarian underground rock scene, once remarked somewhat cryptically that “it is yesterday’s train that’s late”. He said it in a resigned voice, shortly before his emigration to the United States in 1994, as we were sitting in the new, American-style “Chicago” café, located on the largest boulevard in central Budapest, right across from the New York coffee house. Jeno and I had been talking about how the circumstances of daily life had changed in post-socialist Hungary, and how consumerism had come to shape our urban … Read more