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Calvert22 is delighted to present Photo I\, Photo You\, the fourth exhibition at the
contemporary art space in Shoreditch. Curated by Iara Boubnova\, the exhibition will
present works by leading Russi an and Eastern European artists who invite the viewer
to reconsider\, revisit and rediscover what they think they know through a series of
m ixed media works.
What is known as Eastern Europe\, the countries that made up the old Soviet Union
together with the former Yugoslavia and East Germany\, is no longer seen as the
infamous site of the failed Ru ssian Empire but more as an extension of the West.
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall\, Eastern Europe perhaps seems to have
for saken the right to be interesting as a geopolitical whole. What used to be Eastern
Europe’s defining factor\, Socialism and belonging or not belo nging to the Soviet
sphere of influence\, is what makes a revisiting o f the region and its ideologies most
interesting for these artists\, f or whom their experience has inevitably informed their
practice.
Photo I\, Photo You aims to trigger a double-take on the East of Europe\, f ocusing on
artworks by leading contemporary artists whose origin and i nspiration come from the
region\, and who lead us to reconsider what i s presented. These works allow the
viewer to recognise what they might think they know in a new way. In this way\,
nothing is obvious\, noth ing is what is seems to be\, and nothing is how we thought it
would be when we first looked at it.
Through photography\, video\, found and r eady-made objects\, the artists in Photo I\,
Photo You use means that maintain close links to reality and its people\, locations and
buildin gs. In so doing\, they find a lighter and more delicate context for concret e
impressions and experiences.
‘We tend to see the other in terms of cliché\, established patterns of habit or random
memories from the guidebooks or the media\, yet most of the things in the world that
we think we know\, in fact demand a second glance. The known demands attentio n
just as much as the unknown.’ Iara Boubnova

DTEND:20100328 DTSTAMP:20140730T142041 DTSTART:20100128 GEO:51.5262262;-0.0762746 LOCATION:Calvert 22\,22 Calvert Avenue \nLondon\, E2 7JP SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Photo I\, Photo You\, Olga Chernysheva\, Igor Eskinja\, Anna Jermol aewa\, Vikenti Komitski\, Ján Mančuška\, Boris Mikhailov\, Kiril Prashkov\, Anri Sala\, Nebojša Šerić Shoba UID:84932 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR