Contribution of the East

Zoran Živković
December 1st - 8th, 2008> opening at 19h

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The Contribution of the East exhibition is dedicated to the post-transitional profile of the East European countries or the countries of the ex-Communist Block. The changes that happened in these societies in the period after the crash of the Socialist Block up until now, created their new identities; the exhibition is the illustration of these changes. The Contribution of the East is the contribution of the ex-Communist countries to the global distribution of labor and capital, which sets the final place and significance of these countries in the world. It was not my intention to find solid answers inside these changes regarding the expected and fulfilled personal freedoms, practical life, political beliefs, ideas, etc or to compare the capitalistic and the so-called socialistic social structure, or the role of an individual in these societies.

I believe that the questions of individual freedom and society as a whole naturally follow this topic and that their answers would be interestingly different for each person. Similarly, by exhibiting the portraits, names, and initials of the porn star from the Eastern European countries on their national flags. I did not wish to express an ethical comment or belief regarding themselves or the pornography in general but to use the development of the Eastern European pornography as a picturesque story about the transition and the new significance of the Eastern European region.

Zoran Živković