The Forgotten Pioneer Movement
"We understand that our generation’s mission is to revise this strategically demonized past"
Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė (artist and curator, Lithuania)
Between the end of the Cold War and a remote future: On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, District explores the experiences of the last, transitional European pioneer generation between socialism and post-socialism in the interdisciplinary performance and exhibition project The Forgotten Pioneer Movement.
Central issues are the societal perspectives of an artists’ generation that grew up in the ‚pOst-Western’ Europe of the 1990s. Through performances at various locations in Berlin, the exhibition at District as well as a public seminar the project activates the process of bearing witness to these „last pioneers” who experienced the perestroika and the collapse of former socialist states as children and adolescents.
Curated by Susanne Husse and Ulrike Gerhardt, The Forgotten Pioneer Movement approaches the history and the present of post-socialism as a European experience regardless of national and geopolitical classifications. The pioneer as representative of a socialist vision of the future and as a former childhood role model serves as a multifaceted projection surface.
The Forgotten Pioneer Movement is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
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