Ostalgia

Ostalgia

New Museum & V-A-C, 2011

Ed. by Jarett Gregory.
Authors: Ekaterina Degot, Judy Ditner, Massimiliano Gioni, Boris Groys, Viktor Misiano, Joanna Mytkowska, Bojana Pejic.
120 pp. English.

The catalogue contains reproductions of works of artists, texts by curator Massimiliano Gioni as well as Ekaterina Degot, Viktor Misiano, Joanna Mytkowska, Bojana Pejić and an interview with Boris Groys by Judy Ditner.
«Ostalgia» is an exhibition that brings together the work of more than fifty artists from different countries who have depicted the reality and the myth of the East. The exhibition takes its title from the German word Ostalgie, a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of longing and nostalgia for the era before the collapse of the Communist Bloc. Twenty years ago, a process of dissolution began, leading to the break-up of the Soviet Union and of many other countries that had been united under communist governments. From the Baltic republics to the Balkans, from Central Europe to Central Asia, entire regions and nations were reconfigured, their constitutions rewritten, their borders redrawn. «Ostalgia» looks at the art produced in and about some of these countries, many of which did not formally exist two decades ago. Mixing private confessions and collective traumas, the exhibition traces a psychological landscape in which individuals and entire societies negotiate new relationships to history, geography, and ideology.