Impossible Dialogues first seminar on 9 April

The Impossible Dialogues research project will host its first seminar on Saturday 9 April at Framer Framed in Amsterdam. It will take place from 14.00-17.30 in the IJ-zaal, Framer Framed, IJpromenade 2 in Amsterdam, and will include a public discussion. Margaret Tali is one of the curators of the Impossible Dialogues project.

Impossible Dialogues takes the differences between memories and heritage of Eastern and Western Europe as its starting point. These differences are based on different geopolitical, social and cultural developments during the 20th and 21st centuries. As a part of this project we address the traveling and migration of these differences across the “two Europes”, the contradictions and misunderstandings they create, while touching upon the subjects of border conflicts, minority rights, radically different understandings of the past-present relationships. The project brings together scholars, curators and artists who deal with Eastern European history in The Netherlands and invites speakers from Central and Eastern Europe to hold lectures on the themes of their expertise.

As a part of this project we explore how holding discussions about Eastern Europe in The Netherlands could contribute to bringing to the fore new facets of old conflicts and difficult memories that often remain unarticulated on local level, due to their sensitive and conflicting nature. How can interdisciplinary spaces be used for addressing these sensitive topics? What can we learn from particular local impossible dialogues? Could these experiences of learning be “translated” into other contexts? And what does it mean to curate and moderate conflicts in an era of mobility?

Our first seminar on April 9th will include presentations by scholars and artists Edit András, Alevtina Kakhidze and Jelena Petrović. It will take place from 14:00 till 17:30, including a public discussion.

Edit András (Budapest/New York) will discuss the increasingly authoritarian cultural climate of contemporary Hungary and the local responses. She will offer an overview about the ways in which FIDESZ-led right wing government has implemented control over art and culture since 2010, and analyse the impacts of these changes on the art scene, as well as the different forms of resistance that have been adopted by art and criticism.

Jelena Petrović (Belgrade/Ljubljana) will discuss contemporary art practices in the (post)Yugoslav space from a feminist perspective. Opening the question of necessary relation between feminism, art historisation and knowledge production Petrović examines different turns that have occurred since the 1990s, paying particular attention to their ‘difficulties’ with regards to the emerging (post)Yugoslav art production.

Alevtina Kakhidze (Muzychi, Ukraine) will take personal experience of war in the Eastern part of Ukraine as her starting point. Days after the Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement referendum, the artist will address relation between the Netherlands and the war in Ukraine via misunderstanding around paintings, stolen from the Westfries Museum in Hoorn. She will discuss particular fears and silence around the conflict.

Welcome to join the discussion on April 9th at the Framer Framed!

The image is an art work by Alevtina Kakhidze titled “Phone calls from the cemetery and other stories of Strawberry Andrevna” (2014-15)

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