Works from a new generation of Central and Eastern European artists that engage post-conceptual strategies and collectively challenge accepted notions of the East as a social, political and art historical monolith.
Rearview Mirror is a timely exhibition that brings together the work of a new generation of artists from Central and Eastern Europe. The work of the twenty-two artists in the exhibition engage post-conceptual strategies and forms, and collectively challenge accepted notions of Eastern Europe as a social, political and art historical monolith. The exhibition’s title recognizes that the works look to the past as well as to the future, as through a rearview mirror. It brings together the work of artists from diverse backgrounds and histories to look at the non-traditional practices of a younger generation of artists from the last decade, presenting an opportunity to engage with the practices of relative newcomers such as Ciprian Mureşan, Gintaras Didžiapetris and Anna Molska in the context of some of their contemporaries already known through international art circuits such as Paweł Althamer, Roman Ondák and Wilhelm Sasnal.
Consistent with the large thematic summer exhibitions at The Power Plant, Rearview Mirror is intended for a diverse audience and addresses new voices and global positions within contemporary art. The exhibition contributes to the articulation of these new positions, specifically through guest curator Christopher Eamon’s investigation of a specific geographic, political, and artistically rich region. Embedded within this project is a context that hinges on the legacies of conceptual art (both from the West and the East), the specific art historical study of the work from this region, and it opens up discourse around shifting post-conceptual developments.
The exhibition is organized by The Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Alberta. It will be accompanied by a substantial publication featuring commissioned texts.