Mar 23, 2009

EUROPE XXL - interviews - What is East Europe now?

What is East Europe now?
Answer for The Krasnals:

Iara Boubnova / curator of the exhibition "Liquid Frontiers" at Tripostal

Dan Perjovschi / artist / Romania

Nedko Solakov / artist / Bulgaria

IRWIN / art collective / Slovenia

Lachezar Boyadjiev / artist / Bulgaria

Aristarkh Chernyshev / artist / Russia

EUROPE XXL - Eastern Europe Festival

Europe XXL- Eastern Europe Festival

Do we have the solidarity within us? I don’t think so. (...) I don’t know what is East Europe now. I know what I can bring to Europe.
Dan Perjovschi

Europe XXL festival was organized by city Lille and Lille 3000 society.
It started on 14th of March with a pageant parade ,and for the next 4 months will be full of artistic events presenting the Eastern Europe culture. This is the opportunity to know something more about this area, to ask some new questions. Visual art is the most interesting part of festival. Important curators and influential artists from the Eastern Europe were invited to take part in this event. Political or social issues are the most popular topics of their works.

At the festival we can see the exhibitions prepared by curators like Iara Boubnova, Elena Sorokina, Filippo Poli, Federico Zanfi, Caroline Naphegyi.
Artists who take part in group exhibitions: Dan Perjovschi, AES+F (Russie), Maja Bajevic (Bosnie/Allemagne), Blue Noses (Russie), Luchezar Boyadjiev (Bulgarie), Pavel Braila (Moldavie), Aristarkh Chernyshev (Russie), Nina Fisher et Maroan El Sani (Allemagne),Vadim Fishkin (Russie/Slovénie), IRWIN (Slovénie),Cristina Lucas (Espagne), Carsten Nicolai (Allemagne), Roman Ondak (Slovaquie), Sean Snyder (USA /Ukraine), Nedko Solakov (Bulgarie), Oleg Kulik (Russie), Deimantas Narkevicius, (Lituanie), Krassimir Terziev (Bulgarie), Clemens von Wedemeyer (Allemagne), Libia Castro et Olafur Olafsson (Espagne, Islande, Pays-Bas), Monika Sosnowska (Pologne), Adrian Paci (Albanie, Italie), Vladimir Nikolic (Serbie), Pierre Bismuth (France) Matteo Ghidoni, Katarzyna Teodorczuk, Daniel Pario Perra, Tobias Zielony, Deniz Gul, Hariklia Hari, Veronika Zapletalovŕ, Isabella Sassi, Xavier Arenňs, Cecilia Pirovano, Federica Verona, Francisca Benětez, Huseyin Alprekin / Raquel Friera, Nůria Guell, Sofie Thorsen, Bas Princen, Can Altay, Marina Ballo Charmet, Markos Stamenkovic, Luz Mundos, Tadej Pogacar, Banu Cennetoglu, Manuela Schininŕ, Paloma Merchan Taribo, Theoharis David, Veronika Zapletalova, Dennis Gul, Laura Marte, Danica Dakic, Sejla Kameric, Erbossyn Meldibekov, Milica Tomic, Igor Grubic, Djamshed Kholikov, Sophia Tabatadze, Stealth.unlimited (Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen), Abilsait Atabekov, Gulnara Kasmalieva/Muratbek Djoumaliev, David Maljkovic, Marjetica Potrc, Igor Eskinja, Christoph Weber, Alexander Ugay, Elena Kovylina, Chto Delat Group (Olga Egorova Tsaplya), Dmitry Vilensky, Natalia Pershina (Gliuklya), Nikolai Oleinikov, Huseyin Bahri Alptekin, Kutlug Ataman, Bashir Borlakov, Osman Bozkurt, Hussein Chalayan, Burak Delier, Koken Ergun, Inci Eviner, Katja Eydel, Deniz Gül, Omer Ali Kazma, Servet Kocyigit, Corey Mc Corkle, Antoine Ignace Melling, Aydan Murtezaoglu, Ceren Oykut, Serkan Ozkaya, Sener Ozmen et Erkan Ozgen, Camila Rocha, Sarkis, Erinç Seymen, Hale Tenger, Pinar Yolaçan et Aksel Zeydan.

The Krasnals represent Poland with an individual exhibition:„Brothers In Arms/Last Supper” in Espace le Carre (from 13th March till 30th April).
On a later date, will be a group exhibition from Poland organized by Zamek Ujazdowski. Curators:Stach Szabałowski and Marcin Krasny. Artists: Olaf Brzeski, Grzegorz Drozd, Tomasz Mróz, Twožywo, Jan Smaga, Jadwiga Sawicka, Marek Kijewski, Wojciech Bakowski, Artur Malewski, Tomek Kowalski, Norman Leto, Konrad Smoleński, Tomasz Kozak, Radek Szlaga, Laura Pawela.

For The Krasnals- part of the answers for a question: "What is Eastern Europe now?"

Iara Boubnova: „There is not such a thing like culture and art of Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe itself is artificial, bureaucratic, administrative nomination of something in between geography, history, and politics. It’s not so much about people, it’s not so much about us, and not so much about culture.”
Dan Perjovschi: “Geography for me is tricky. The Russians are gone! Twenty years later it’s another planet! (…)Do we have the solidarity within us? I don’t think so. (...) I don’t know what is East Europe now. I know what I can bring to Europe. (…) I was in the cooperative system, they forced me to work together. Now I want to be alone! But I don’t address [my art] to myself, I address it to everybody.”
IRWIN: “We started in 92’. That time one of the main reasons what we did was that we wanted to have our own country and artistic autonomy. But during these years situation changed a lot. (…) We are living in the conditions we are put in”
Nedko Solakov: “We need Utopias in terms we need to hope for a kind of a better life.”
Lachezar Boyadjiev: “The West was just as affected by the fall of Berlin wall as the East. In the West it was more like a psychological transformation, whereas in the East it was the transformation of the whole society, economy, political structures and so on.”

As The Krasnals we consider history as an important and influential but we want to create future ourselves, start a new age of art. Project "Brothers in Arms / Last Supper" is our farewell with the history and because of that we can focus on a new problems of reality, reality which create new vision of art.

Thierry Lesueur- main coordinator of initiating committee Lille 3000:
"We present artists from Moscow, Kazakhstan, but the centre of our interest is Istanbul. It made us ask the question about Europe borders , and change view of Europe itself which most of French people have. The artists who came to Lille from many different countries have got a new point of view on European issues. It can be quite surprising for us, and the beginning of international debate about European space. Turkish issue is one of most discussed topics in France. We hope that Europe in size XXL will help us to ask questions what is Europe now, where are borders, who is part of it, and who is not. If today in the time of crisis our way of life can still be the same? We will try to find answers for this questions within next 4 months."

Based on artists works and curators visions we can get an impression that Eastern Europe is rather an artificial expression. It treat more about geographic area then common tradition and culture. After the end of communism artists became individualists, and the countries are no longer community.

Mar 18, 2009

Opening “Brothers in arms / Last Supper“, Lille, 13 March

Our text read at the opening:

Thank you that you came to see this special army which is the artist and his fellows who inspire his art.
But as you will notice, these persons on the paintings represent groups of interest of left art tendencies, probably in Europe, but for sure in Poland.
So these are subjects of interest connected with social problems, politics, like ecology, feminism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, national minorities. But also spheres that artist is dependent strongly on – like particular special philosophers, art critics and curators.

With these 13 persons on 13 paintings we show actually the Polish art created by artists born in 70s. Why? Because they are now in the mainstream, are the most known.

In our art we talk a lot about art manipulation. But in what aspect? Everybody knows that art is the perfect tool for politics, economy to manipulate, to spread its propaganda. And nowadays when it seems like the times of manipulation have passed away, communism disappeared a long time ago, art is still dependent on politics. For example contemporary art in Poland is hold by the well educated leftists, and in one of the books that they printed – volumes of Lenin with Zizek’s words – they call the artists to spread their left ideas.

We know that there is the strong left tradition in France and we wish to have the similar in Poland. We wish a lot to have a real left party or society who helps the people in practice. But in Poland it mainly looks for money from the taxpayers, take care only for its interests, and uses poor people as the topics in its books.
Politics is strictly connected with art market and commercialism, as all art about post communistic times is the best selling one, has its place in the best public and commercial art institutions, galleries.

But if in Europe the situation is similar like in Poland that you can say looking at this Polish example.

We call the young artists for more self-confidence, individuality, independence, for brave and to avoid fashion tricks and art market conditions. Art market and art world became so clear that it needs some strong personalities that would provide some mess and provoke new questions. That’s why we want to be anonymous by the way – to avoid clichés of our personality, age, education, what would put us to some special drawer.

We wish that art is strong by itself, no matter who did it, where the artist comes from and whom he knows.
At least in Poland, in the art field, protection is quite strong and young artists don’t experience the contestation period at all, they immediately make agreement with the mainstream, taking care about their career.
And from our point of view this is the sick situation and leads to stagnation and lack of seeing the truth.
So we are The Krasnals, The Pixies, Les Lutins, immaterial creatures, that with some humor that we love, destabilize, deconstruct some things not only in the world around art, but also inside the art world! We feel this is good for art and we just want to do it!

But we are not quite logic as it can seem – we are against tricks and mainstream stagnation, but we use as you see the same tricks! Why? Maybe to have possibility to say what you just heard in this place, not only to a few people living around us in Poland. And for us paradox is a huge inspiration, then art creation is not boring and becomes fascinating for us!
Illogic, absurd, provocation joined with a good fun are the things that The Krasnals love!!!

Thank you!