presentations and discussions within the framework of the Start and Finish exhibition
1.6. 2018, 17:30
tranzit.sk, Beskydská 12, Bratislava
iLiana Fokianaki (skype), Lýdia Pribišová, Péter Szabó, Teri Szűcs
The event will be conducted in English.
more info: sk.tranzit.org
Economic and political crisis, instability, rising nationalism and right-wing populism combined with authoritarian cultural policies as well as uneven relations between European countries arising from their positioning on the scale of financial power have influenced art institutions and their cultural workers while exposing their vulnerability. It is not only precarity as we know it, normalized in neo-liberal capitalism, but there are other aspects such as the politicization of cultural funding in some countries, the instrumentalization of one’s weakness by transnational mega-institutions and the overall undervaluation of art and culture.
On this occasion, the presentations and joint discussions with artists and curators from Greece, Hungary and Slovakia will focus on the changes that are taking place on the individual local art scenes, the problems and challenges they face and the protective mechanisms that stakeholders are trying to develop. We will also talk about the relation between local problems and consequences arising from global phenomena.
iLiana Fokianaki is a writer and curator based in Athens and Rotterdam. In 2013 she founded State of Concept Athens, the first non-profit gallery in Athens. In 2016, together with Antonia Alampi, she founded Future Climates, a platform that aims to propose viable futures for small-scale organizations of contemporary art and culture. Since March 2017 she has been the curator of Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp.
Lýdia Pribišová, an independent curator and editor-in-chief of the magazine Flash Art Czech & Slovak Edition, lives and works in Bratislava. From 2013 to 2015 she worked as the project coordinator at tranzit.sk, and in 2007 and in 2011 she was the co-curator of the Slovak section of PragueBiennale. She has cooperated as a curator with many public and private institutions at home and abroad.
Teri Szűcs is a literary historian, university educator, and ex-critic based in Budapest. Her interests are the literature of the Holocaust, Hungarian Romani literature, feminist art, and the interconnections of art and solidarity.
Triste Ensemble is the new search strategy of ex-artist Péter Szabó, after his own dislocation from the cultural production field. He is a co-founder of the Protokoll Studio Gallery in Cluj, Romania (2001), co-founder of noise and experimental music bands Alergische Platze (2001), Ovekk_Finn (2004), Jackie Triste (2007), Triste Ensemble (2017) and co-founder of the Luminaxis Studio (2018).