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Memoirs from a Cold Utopia - londonprintstudio

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Exhibition preview

MEMOIRS from a Cold Utopia, an exhibition featuring the work of 18 artists from the former Soviet Bloc, will be on display at londonprintstudio from July 29 to November 18, 2011.

2011 marks the 20th anniversary of rapid political change that included the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and the reunification of Eastern and Western Europe.

In a powerful series of films, images, installations and prints, Memoirs from a Cold Utopia examines the artists’ responses to political transformation during the past two decades.

Work on display ranges from a Lego concentration camp (Zbigniew Libera) to Alina Rudnitskaya’s Bitch Academy, from prints by Andrzej Krauze to the unique narrative of Edmunds Jansons whose Little Bird’s Diary animation was inspired by the extraordinary illustrated diaries of Irina Pilke.

Paradoxically, during the late Communist period, many artists withdrew from overt social engagement, considering the exploration of abstract, subjective and conceptual ideas to be a ‘political’ act, yet under capitalism many contemporary artists have turned to the exploration of political issues and socially engaged practices.

Referring ambiguously to both the ‘Cold War Period’ and the social alienation of a free market economy, Memoirs from a Cold Utopia showcases artists whose work employs contemporary art strategies to explore historical, social and political issues in their regions.

The exhibition features work by The Blue Noses Group (Viacheslav Mizin, Alexander Shaburov), Ştefan Constantinescu, KIstutis Grigaliūnas, Edmunds Jansons, Igor Grubić, Vit Klusák and Filip Remunda, Iosif Király, Andrzej Krauze, Zbigniew Libera, Dan Mihaltianu, Tanja Muravskaja, Marko Mäetamm and Anu Juurak, Józef Robakowski, Alina Rudnitskaya and Ivan Moudov.

Curated by Eve Kask, President of the Tallinn Print Triennial, and drawing on a wide network of artists throughout the former Soviet Block, Memoirs from a Cold Utopia presents a unique insight into the synergy between politics and the visual arts in Eastern Europe today. Zhivka Haskiya is Assistant Curator.

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30am to 6pm.

londonprintstudio, 425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE

Tel: 020 8969 3247