press release

The exhibition presents the outcome of more than two years of researching ‘social transformation’. It is conceived as an imaginative and analytical space that – with a certain distance – enables the visitor to see and reflect the processes of change that started by the fall of the Iron Curtain and have to an extent continued until the present. The way this topic is approached is influenced by a feeling of affiliation to these changes which are in a way co-formed by us and whose impact affects and influences us. It is therefore an attempt to look at ‘transformation’ as at a ‘lived out’ and gradually receding process.

While researching transformation processes, we abandoned the reductive theories of the region that we come from and that we represent. We extended research to artistic and theoretical outputs that reflect the transformations in Spain, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Germany, Albany, Mexico and Poland. The attempt to newly formulate trans-local specifics of transformation meant to abandon the stigmatic construction of so-called “Eastern Europe” and opt for a differentiated, authoritative and new map of the world of transformation.

One of the possible ways how to approach this exhibition is to see it as a layer with various artifacts that are mutually connected. The exhibition presents a group of theoretical and artistic outputs that go back together to a certain time and place and represent a sum of past activities. The motif of this common return to the past is the need to destroy the clarity and definiteness of the view of the ‘transformation’ that one has gained through individual experience.

(Vit Havranek and Zbynek Baladran)

The exhibition is organized by tranzit and Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic.

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Monument to Transformation
Kuratoren: Vit Havranek & Zbynek Baladran

Künstler: Artur Zmijewski, Lise Harlev, Anggun Priambodo, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Anibal Lopez, Lia Perjovschi, Lida Abdul, Ivan Moudov, Jiri Kovanda, Erick Beltran