BETWEEN DEMOCRACIES 1989 – 2014: MEMORY AND COMMEMORATION
Touring: Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa & Dom umenia/Kunsthalle, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

The theme of this exhibition responds to the emergence from totalitarian rule that has been a historical reality for both East Central and East Southern Europe and South Africa since 1989/1994. It is a collaborative international project and artists considered both the historicisation of transitional trauma and the effects of regime change (both positive and negative) on the collective memories lingering in their respective national psyches. Their responses problematized both past memories and the current direction of social politics.

The exhibition will be first hosted in Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1-30 September 2015. This venue was selected because it is an exhibition space that is historically relevant to the fraught history of the struggle for democracy in South Africa. The exhibition will then be presented at the Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava in March – June 2016. Subsequent venues and dates in Europe to be announced.

Curators: Judy Peter (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Karen von Veh (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Richard Gregor (Chief Curator of Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava, Slovakia), Cristian Nae (George Enescu University of Arts, Iasi, Romania), Ljiljana Kolesnik (Institute of Art History, Croatia).

 

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