Asia and Central Eastern Europe have long been associated geographically, historically and economically. The regions have not only shared long-standing and complex history, but also experiences of drastic changes of contemporary politics, society and ideology, while various unique cultures and individual experiences coexist in conflict. As a result, these interrelated backgrounds enabled much dialogue space between contemporary art and culture practitioners from both areas.
Curators, scholars and artists are invited to this webinar to share their practice and research in their fields, connecting the different situations of contemporary art and culture in Asia and Central Eastern Europe through their individual experiences and reflections. Through this platform, we hope to form diverse dialogue and bring fresh imaginations to today’s art and cultural sector which is facing great challenges.
Combining the research from the history and the practical experiences, there will be a discussion about the diverse ways of discovering, archiving and collecting the contemporary art from Asia and Central Eastern Europe in different era as well as the multiple effort of bridging the collection with the public.
Our familiar ways of communication, work, and production have shifted drastically due to the recent and intense changes of socio-political structures, conflicts between ideologies and social groups, and the constant threat from pandemic. This panel discussion highlights the new ideas, strategies and working approach that practitioners in the art field are exploring, in order to actively cope with the present uncertainty and to create alternative visions for the future.
Focusing on the personal researches and working experiences of several contemporary art and cultural practitioners from Asian and Central Eastern European regions, these fragments of individual experiences reflect and refer to each other on the subjects of Memory, Archive, Body, and Space, constructing an organic network of dialogue and understanding.
Ilona Keserü, Birthday (Születésnap), 2005
Photo ©️ David Biró. Courtesy of Q Contemporary
Wang Gongxin, Unseatable, 1995
©️ the artist. Photo ©️ Maxim Hu. Courtesy of White Cube