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? Flipside represents 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 Eastern Europe 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-socialist countries of Eastern Europe and their counterparts in the US who have participated in the cultural exchange program ArtsLink.
Artists: Cristian Alexa, Association Apsolutno, Art Attack, Maja Bajevic, Emese Benczúr, Cabinet Magazine, Danica Dakic, Milena Dopitová, Vadim Fishkin, Jaroslaw Flicinski, 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 Savic-Gecan, Stephen Shanabrook, Škart, Sandra Sterle, Audrius Stonys, Eric Triantafillou and Csilla Kosa, Aleksandar Zograf.
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.
A full-color catalogue is available.
Video installation, 55 mins.