Katherine Carl

New York Presents the “Flipside”
January 5th, 2005

Cristian Alexa, Association Apsolutno, Art Attack, Maja Bajević, Emese Benczur, Cabinet Magazine, Danica Dakić, Milena Dopitová, Vadim Fishkin, Jaroslaw Fliciski, Tomislav Gotovac, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Joan Jonas, Kai Kaljo, Charles Krafft, Pawel Kruk, Julia Kunin, Yuri Leiderman, Antoni Maznevski, Audrius Novickas, Odili Donald Odita, Tony Oursler, Anthony and Katya Pemberton, Dan Perjovschi, Igor Savchenko, Tomo Savić-Gecan, Stephen Shanabrook, skart, Sandra Sterle, Audrius Stonys, Eric Triantafillou and Csilla Kosa, Aleksandar Zograf. Curated by Katherine Carl. What characterizes post-utopian art? Is it a genre of pure pragmatism or does it contain shards of the discarded vision from which it emerged? Is it the imagining of a new utopia: even the flipside of the old one? The exhibition Flipside represents a cross-pollination and exchange, traversing the horizon of separate utopian totalities of East and West. Artistic engagement with ideology and humanistic issues through conceptual means rather than response-based political art is a special hallmark of work throughout Central, Eastern Europe, and Russia today. Furthermore, widely differing art-historical and political conditions surrounding the basis and trajectories of art since the 1960s complicate fruitfully the Western canonization of these practices. Flipside brings together works by artists from post-communist and post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia and their counterparts in the United States who have participated in the cultural exchange program ArtsLink. Coupling local knowledge and international expertise, ArtsLink partnered with the network of Soros Centers for Contemporary Art in the main cities of every Central and Eastern European and Russian country to be a significant catalyst of new critical and alternative practices in contemporary art.

The flipside is organized by CEC ArtsLink and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; FACE Croatia, a program of the Heathcote Foundation; an anonymous donor; with additional support from Czech Airlines and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

Organization of the exhibition: CEC ArtsLink

Support: National Endowment for the Arts, FACE Croatia, program within Heathcote Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding and anonymous donator, with the additional help of Czech Airlines and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.