Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Key quote for Leninana series:

"Today we should open the polemical, critical function - fill it out, diffuse it, impose it. I don't particularly know how, but I am certain that it needs to be done. We are seeing all kinds of strange things now. When people talk about certain things, self-censorship is so strong, that not only certain terms such as 'revolution,' 'vanguard' and 'communism' have been erased from memory, but also certain historical names, such as Robespierre and Lenin. The maximum, I believe,  was achieved with the exclusion of Saint-Just from a recent dictionary of French Revolution. I don't really know how reintroduction of these words and these personalities into the minds of out contemporaries could be done, bit I know for sure that it will be beautiful or will not happen at all."
Antonio Negri, Art & Multitude, (Polity Press, 2011) pp. 61-62

Monday, February 11, 2013

Contested Frequences Opening

Contested Frequencies: The Position of a Woman
This group exhibition aims to consider the state of a female voice in global culture. By installing contemporary art works within EBRD architecture, the exhibition will transform the social and transitory space of the first floor lobby into an area for debate – proposing a new collective experience. This non-traditional exhibition venue will invite new audiences to confront and reflect upon works that address the issues of social and cultural relations. It questions the possibilities for new modes of activism, fluctuating gender identities in a new economic landscape, expands the spectrum of feminist discourse, and challenges the political role of art in resisting the present. Contested Frequencies presents the work of four female artists of Eastern European background – Tatiana Baskakova, Taus Makhacheva, Yelena Popova, and Maria Kapajeva. The exhibition reconsiders the relationship between aesthetics, resistance and the visual in a fluctuating and anxious political climate. The selected works examine the impact of a female position in revolutionary action (Tatiana Baskakova), configure new strategies for structural painting (Yelena Popova), mine lingering histories and cultural traditions of post-soviet Dagestan and address the emerging homogenization of space (Taus Makhacheva), and reveal economic transformation of human relationships through a nuanced naiveté of online matchmaking (Maria Kapajeva).
Curated by Julie Solovyeva

Opening: Thursday 21 February from 17:30-20:30

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD),  Auditorium Foyer
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN

Nearest Tube station: Liverpool Street

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Admission is free, but prior registration via EBRDevents@ebrd.com is essential. 
Please note that all guests are required to bring a picture ID and may be subject to random bag searches.

Round table discussion "Women in Russian Art: New Prospects for Feminist Practice": Thursday 21 February at 19:00 in the Auditorium.
Organised by EBRD in partnership with Pushkin House. Speakers include Katy Deepwell, Natalia Gluklya, Natalia Kamenetzkaya, and Natalia Budanova. Chaired by Dr. Rosalind P. Blakesley. 

For more information, please visit  Pushkin House website or EBRD website.

This is a link to Facebook event, and please do not hesitate to ask any questions.