Publication accompanying the exhibition Left Performance Histories, nGbK, Berlin, 2018. ISBN 9783938515723 78-3-938515-73-0) 778-3-938515-73-0)8-3-938515-73-0)
Challenging the assumption that the unofficial art scene in state socialist Europe was only subversive and oppositional, this publication offers alternative readings. Left Performance Histories explores artistic positions that, while critical of actually existing socialism, were grounded in Marxist and communist ideas. Performance / art was not a mirror of tristesse but a site of jouissance, where social conventions concerning gender identity, sexuality and beauty were playfully undermined. But what do performances leave in their wake? And how should we situate their legacies in the context of archives, exhibitions and academic and artistic practice? These are some of the questions that this book sets out to answer.
With works by: Vlasta Delimar, Orshi Drozdik, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, Jürgen Hohmuth (chic, charming and enduring / ccd), Sanja Iveković, El Kazovszkij, Exterra XX, Judit Kele, Tamás Király, László Lakner, Zbigniew Libera, Svenan Marnardarn , Ewa Partum, Zygmunt Piotrowski, Christine Schlegel, Hans-Joachim Schulze & Peter Oehlmann (group 37.2), Irmgard Senf, Mladen Stilinović, Sven Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Želimir Žilnik