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The Post-National in East European Art: From Socialist Internationalism to Transnational Communities

By Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Published in Ana Janevski, Roxana Marcoci and Ksenia Nouril, eds, Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology (New York, MoMA, 2018)

With integration in the globalised art world, the ever elusive notion of contemporary East European Art is today becoming increasingly intangible and diverse. The changed circumstances are reflected in  the East European art scene which now includes artists that are not necessarily based in their native  countries, but may still work with the legacy  of shared histories and experiences, artists living in the region, but working internationally without the burden of their own socio-political past, as well as non-native artists, either in collectives or individually, who have settled in the capitals of the former
Eastern Bloc, or simply chosen Eastern Europe as the focus of their artistic research.

Originally published in the History of Art History in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe (2012), a PDF of which is available below.