Ebamugavad teadmised Ida-Euroopa kunstis/Eastern European art as Difficult Knowledge

17. mail kl 15:00 kuni 19:00 EKKMis

Ebamugavad teadmised Ida-Euroopa kunstis

Seminar EKKMis (Eesti Kaasaege Kunsti Muuseumis) 17. mail 2017 kell 15.00. Osalejad: Eleonore de Montesquiou, Liisa Kaljula, Sezgin Boynik ja Solvita Krese. Modereerivad Margaret Tali ja Tanel Rander. Seminar toimub inglise keeles. 

Seminari modereerivad Margaret Tali ja Tanel Rander.

Seminar toimub 17. mail kl 15:00 kuni 19:00 EKKMis (Põhja pst 35, Tallinn).


Eastern European art as Difficult Knowledge

Seminar in EKKM (Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia) at 3 PM, 17.05.2017. Participants: Eleonore de Montesquiou, Liisa Kaljula, Sezgin Boynik, Solvita Krese. Moderators: Margaret Tali and Tanel Rander. The presentations and discussion will be held in English.

Departing from the book “Archives and Disobedience. Changing Tactics of Visual Culture in Eastern Europe”, the seminar will take some of its strands of thinking further and focus on Eastern European art and the idea of 'difficult knowledge'. Difficult knowledge is confrontational knowing called about by images or facts which are difficult to place, and which can leave us with feelings of confusion, disorientation, an unknowing about how to go on. The concept originates from the work of Canadian education scholar and museologist Roger I. Simon and has been later developed by several scholars.

Eleonore de Montesquiou will share her new project in process realized about and with the refugees who are currently interned in Estonia. She will discuss the ways the border between Estonia and Russia has remained a crucial point for many people, and draw parallels with the way it has been crossed during the past century by those fleeing the Soviet Russia.

Solvita Krese will discuss the heritage of George Soros in the Eastern European contemporary art by focusing on the context of Latvia and the way it presents a difficult knowledge for the art field. How could one approach the Soros archives critically?

Sezgin Boynik will speak about his book “Nationalism and Contemporary Art: Critical Reader” (2016) co-edited with Minna Henriksson, its context and inspirations. This reader aimed to problematize how contemporary art contributed to nationalistic ideologies. He will also discuss the role of exhibitions representing the Balkans in the wake of the 2000s and the way they have contributed to understanding art.

Liisa Kaljula will discuss her experiences of her 3-months research stay at the Norton and Nancy Dodge’s collection in New Jersey, an outstanding collection of Eastern European art which was taken out from the Soviet Union piece by piece. She sees the collection as inspiring and despairing at the same time.

The seminar will be moderated by Margaret Tali and Tanel Rander.

The seminar will take place on 17th May from 15:00 to 19:00 at EKKM (Põhja pst 35, Tallinn)

The seminar has been supported by Estonian Culture Endowment and MTÜ Sada Paplit.