Dopolední fórum: I Can't Breathe


19. 3. / 10:00 – 14:00 / PARKHOTEL Praha / v angličtině, diskuse bude tlumočena / in English

Dopoledne plné krátkých, inspiračních přednášek vědců, spisovatelů a umělců z naší části Evropy. Jak si stojíme více než dvacet let poté, co významné polické události začaly měnit naše životy, a my se tak ocitli v daleko těsnějším kontaktu se západním uměním a způsobem myšlení? Jak si vykládáme společenské či globální problémy od chvíle, kdy nám došlo, že západní civilizace nezná odpověď na vše? Jakou optikou na ně nazíráme? Přednášky se dotknou témat, která souvisí s činností novátorských a nezávislých umělců současné střední a východní Evropy: regionální a mezinárodní politická identita, sexualita a genderová identita, etnická a náboženská identita.

Hovořit budou: Una Bauer (Chorvatsko),  Karol Radziszewski (Polsko), Nihad Kreševljaković (Bosna a Hercegovina), Zuzana Štefková (CZ) a další.



Morning Forum: I Can't Breathe

A morning of short inspirational lectures by researchers, writers and artists from our part of Europe. Twenty and more years after significant political events started to change the lives of Central and Eastern Europeans and expose them more directly to the canon of western thought and art, where do we stand? How do we see and interpret the challenges of our societies and the world, now that we have realized that people from the west do not have all the answers? Lectures will touch on the following subjects, all of them as they relate to the practice of innovating independent contemporary artists from Central and Eastern Europe: regional and international political identity, sexuality and gender identity, ethnic and religious identity.

Speakers: Una Bauer (HR),  Karol Radziszewski (PL), Nihad Kresevljakovic (BiH), Zuzana Štefková (CZ) and more.

Una Bauer (HR): Strategies for Problematizing Identity in the Eastern European Arts

Comparing three strategies of identity evasion and deconstruction in two recent Croatian performances and one experimental novel, and framing them within the local historical context, Bauer argues that Eastern European artistic strategies often heavily rely on trying to avoid traps of identitarian thinking.

Una Bauer graduated in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from University of Zagreb, Croatia. She wrote her PhD thesis on the concept of the neutral in the works of contemporary choreographers Jérôme Bel, Thomas Lehmen, Raimund Hoghe and the company BADco. Currently, she teaches courses at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb and graduate courses at University of Rijeka. She is on the editorial board of performing arts journal Frakcija, cultural magazine Gordogan and Performance Research. She has been the member of Croatian Association of Independent Artists since 2014. Her theatre and dance reviews and analysis have been published in various Croatian, Slovenian, Italian, Romanian and UK journals, magazines, newspapers, web portals, and broadcasted on radio programs.

Karol Radziszewski (PL): Why I Don't Like the Rainbow

Posting questions instead of giving answers,  Radziszewski opens discussion about “rainbow colonialism”. What do universal LGBTQ symbols and narrations means to the local Central and Eastern European communities? Can we propose alternative ones? What about our queer ancestors? The first Czech magazine dedicated to the homosexuality was published in 1931, so why do we have to reflect on American or British zines from the seventies? Can local queer history be important part of the cultural history? He will also discuss his “DIK Fagazine” magazine and its research as well as the “Pomada” independent queer festival that he has co-organized for the last 5 years. 

Karol Radziszewski  lives and works in Warsaw where he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts. He works with film, photography, installations and creates interdisciplinary projects. His practice extends to magazines, artist books, fashion as well as curatorial concept projects. Publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine. His work has been exhibited at institutions including The National Museum in Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Kunsthalle Wien, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, New Museum in New York, Cobra Museum in Amsterdam, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig,  Göteborg Biennale, PERFORMA 13, Prague Biennale, WRO Media Art Biennale and New York Photo Festival.

Nihad Kreševljaković (BiH): Art under Siege, Transitional Subculture (and Personal Spiritual Experiences) 
The siege of Sarajevo was the longest siege in contemporary human history. One of the characteristics of this period was an amazing response of artists to situation they faced. As the result of that artisstic scene of Sasrajevo in period 1992-19995 was one of the most interesting periods in all history of art in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of project realised in that period tell us about it. Generally, this lecture starst with experiences of the ordinary citizens as well as about artistic response to this radical situation. Based on war experiencies we follow what happened after the war and what is reflection of war experience, as well as transitional experience to young people and to artistic scene of Sarajevo. This lecture doesnt searc for answers but looking for question...Talking of art, do we talk of specific spiritual experience of an space as well as does our spiritualiti determinates our reality?

Born in Sarajevo. Since the end of 2011, Nihad Kreševljaković has worked as the director of Sarajevo War Theatre. He graduated in History from the University of Sarajevo. Realizing the extreme importance of the siege of Sarajevo and the war, he documented events and daily life under the siege with his camera. This activity resulted in a video-library that holds over a 1000 hours of recorded materials, leading to formation of the local NGO Videoarchive. He is the author of a significant number of documentaries. Together with his twin brother Sead Kreševljaković, he is a co-author of the documentary film Do you remember Sarajevo? Since 2005 he also works as artistic director of Memory Module, a special program of International Theatre Festival MESS.