Which Past the Present Stands On?
Shifting Paradigms of Regional Art History Writing
2019. december 14, 2019, 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Vasas Szakszervezeti Szövetség Székháza, room 19 (Budapest VIII. Magdolna u. 5-7.)
Edit András, art historian and critic; Magela Garcés, critic and curator; Shuruq Harb, artist and writer, Vera Mey, independent curator and editorial co-founder of the journal Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia; Jelena Vesić, curator and editorial board member of the journal Red Thread, Raluca Voinea, curator, co-editor of IDEA: art + society magazine
Moderated by: Dóra Hegyi, tranzit. hu, Mezosfera magazine
The discussion will be in English
The upcoming Mezosfera issue (Summer 2020) will look at the shifting paradigms of regional art history writing, globally. For this upcoming thematic issue, Mezosfera magazine invited for a closed editorial meeting editors and authors of journals the remit of which, similarly to Mezosfera, covers regionally committed art and culture. The issues foregrounded in the closed editorial workshop will be discussed in the form of a public round table.
One of Mezosfera’s previous issues, Parallel Nonsynchronism: Times and Places in Cold War Eastern Europe—which was published in conjunction with an exhibition—discussed, on the one hand, the connections and entanglements of two parallel art scenes: the socialist art scene supported by the state and the underground Neo-avantgarde art scene, forbidden or tolerated by the state. On the other hand, the issue brought forward the changing reception of state socialist art in Hungary and Eastern Europe as well. During the Cold War, in the Eastern Bloc, art that was funded and commissioned by the socialist state was popularized and pushed into the forefront; however, in the 1990s, after the 1989 democratic regime change, state socialist art was to be forgotten and shoved into storage. The underground, Neo-avantgarde art, in the 1990s was promulgated as the art to be researched and canonized: today it is not only part of the artistic canon, but a newly discovered terrain for the international art market. Simultaneously, today, state socialist art, 30 years after the 1989 regime change emerges as a worthwhile area to reconstruct, and one that also needs to be protected from today’s nationalist, anti-communist agendas aimed at its eradication. Similarly to this case study, the editorial meeting and the public round table discussion will be anchored in local cases.
The event is conceived by Dóra Hegyi and Eszter Szakács, tranzit. hu / Mezosfera