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Writing About Contemporary Films from Eastern Europe

Written by Zdenko Mandušić

Contemporary Films from Eastern Europe pose the challenging problems of dealing with the art of filmmaking in relation to the various transformations experienced in the countries often grouped under this weighted cultural, geographic, and geopolitical designation. The changes that followed the fall of Communism have tellingly affected how films are made, how they are watched, and distributed. The cultural, economic, institutional, and political changes that began in the 1990s have even influenced the way filmmakers, audiences, and scholars think about and discus films from Eastern Europe. Notions of history related to nationalism, cultural memory, and national cinemas are implicit in these changes. 

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Aftermath of Mikhail Gulin’s “public expression”

Written by Artem Onaschenko

After the arrest for art-project on October Square Belarusian artist was dismissed from the University, where he worked as senior lecturer of Department.

On the 9th of October a well-known Belarusian artist Mikhail Gulin was arrested on October Square, where he tried to put into action his art-project “Private monument”, that was realized in the context of international project of the Institute named after Goethe “Going public. About troubles of public expression”.

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Sense of beauty is alien to Belarusian policemen

Written by Artem Onaschenko

This week Minsk became one of the areas for international project of Institute named after Goethe, in which artists from Lithuania, Russia and Belarus discuss troubles with public expression. In simple words, the sense of this project is to demonstrate contemporary art not in  familiar galleries but in public places and to find out the problems, which are connected with such demonstration.

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In the afternoon I do interiors and at night I create my works

Written by Artem Onaschenko

Belarusian art space is polar. And this is its big problem. It happened long ago and this tendency seems to have long-term prospects. Our situation is that state machine aims to intervene in all spheres of life of common Belarusian people, even in most sacral. Even in art. At the result, in Belarus there is an unspoken division into “acceptable” and “unacceptable” artists, into “official” and “unofficial” Belarusian art. Some kind of USSR heritage. “Acceptable” artists smell like social realism, “unacceptable” only have odor of a political protest. However, both sides live rather hard life.

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