Recollecting Artistic Practices
Despite the fact that since the disintegration of the Eastern Bloc in the period between 1989 and 1991, there have been several exhibitions focusing on various aspects of artistic practices in former socialist countries, there are still many facets, open questions and positions to be examined and taken into consideration. The exhibition Left Performance histories did not focus on national representations but rather on thematic overlaps. The ambition was not to rewrite the canon of the history of performance art from the perspective of Eastern and South-East Europe, taking into account excluded and repressed (national) histories, but rather to offer possible different readings of a range of issues.
The curatorial talk invites the listeners to a visual journey through overlooked aspects and dispositifs of non-conformist and subversive art in (post)socialist Europe during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Angelika Richter is an art and cultural scholar and curator. Her focus is on contemporary art, gender studies, art and culture of Eastern Europe, and the history of performance and media art.
She has been president of weißensee kunsthochschule berlin since 2021. Previous posts include International Exhibition Coordinator for the Liverpool Biennial in the UK (2001–2003), director of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft Halle (2003–2006), director of the 6th Werkleitz Biennial Common Property/Allgemeingut, co-curator of the 7th Werkleitz Biennial Happy Believers, executive director of the Deutscher Künstlerbund (2018–2021). As a freelance curator, she conducted the research for art in the GRD for Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Eastern Europe at mumok–Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (curated by Bojana Pejic). Her (co-)realized shows comprise And Now. Women artists from the GDR at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin (2009), the Marion Ermer Prize show in 2010 and 2013 at Neues Museum Weimar, Left Performance Histories. Recollecting Artistic Practices in Eastern Europe at nGbK Berlin (2018), and Die wir nie gewesen sind at the Deutscher Künstlerbund (2019). She was a member of the DFG’s international research network Action Art Beyond the Iron Curtain and a visiting scholar at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig. With a transnational and interdisciplinary focus, she has lectured at art academies in Germany, the UK, or in the U.S. Angelika Richter lives and works in Berlin.
Tamás Király, Fashion Performance, Budapest, 1989. Photo: Jonathan Csaba Almási (Part of Left Performance Histories at nGbK Berlin, 2018, curated by Judit Bodor, Adam Czirak, Astrid Hackel, Beáta Hock, Andrej Mircev, Angelika Richter)