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Contemporary Trajectories of Post-Soviet States
Jan 9, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Brooklyn artist Konstantin Prishep presents the findings of his recent investigation into the shifting cultural atmosphere of Eastern European republics in the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union with a discussion at The Public School: New York (155 Freeman St, Brooklyn), January 9th at 7 PM. A native of Belarus, Prishep traveled to Eastern Europe where he conducted a series of interviews focusing on the social, cultural, and personal relationships that developed in relation to the Soviet past and the vast reorganizations of the 1990s. Prishep’s talk will explore the cultural forms that emerged in response to the uncertainties of this era. Prishep also extensively photographed public art and architecture as surfaces where values have been recorded in attempts to stabilize a shifting landscape.
These fading expressions retain relevance as a means of resistance. “As the homogenizing effect of globalization penetrates deeper into previously marginalized zones,” Prishep says, “it becomes more necessary to look at the ways people created alternative narratives, especially those whose reference points originated outside of ‘The American Century.'” The region of his study includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia, though Belarus will be focused upon as a special case. An open discussion will follow.
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