Book presentation and discussion Tuesday, 20. February 2018 in

Reclaim, recode, reinvent

Urban art and activism in Eastern Europe

Dmitry Davlechin, ‘A One-man Protest for the Liberation from Neanderthals!' 2016, Volgograd. Creator: Gala Izmaylova. All rights reserved.
Date, Time
Tue, 20. Feb 2018,
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Save in my calendar
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarter Berlin

Artists and curators from Eastern and Southeastern Europe present their subversive strategies in urban spaces. How does politically engaged art survive in an era of the rollback of democracy?

At the launch of the new book "Reclaim, recode, reinvent - Urban art and activism in Eastern Europe" we present the assembled contributions and projects of the network “coordinate system”. In 2017, artists, scientists and activists, from twelve different countries in Eastern, Southeastern and Central Europe, discussed their ongoing projects in Berlin.

They point up prospects for creative forms of participation in urban development:

In the conversation with Anton Valkovsky, curator from Volgograd, we want to learn how disused urban spaces can be brought back to life and empty public rituals be exposed.

Liva Dudareva, Latvian co-founder of the art collective Metasitu, will provide insights into the project "14th district". The collective expands the Ukrainian city Slavutych by the addition of a utopian district. The city was built from scratch after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster.

Jovanka Popova from Macedonia explores the aesthetics of protest of the colour revolutions and examines the role of social conflicts in the development of public spaces.

For the authors, public spaces function as indicators of democratization. They are also places of conflict, where different interests collide. How can art intervene and influence the situation of the appropriation of public space by private investors?


Liva Dudareva, artist, art collective Metasitu, Riga, Latvia

Anton Valkovsky, curator, Volgograd, Russia

Jovanka Popova, curator, Skopje, Macedonia

Igor Ponosov, artist, curator, author, Moscow, Russia

Alexandra Goloborodko, curator, International Cultural Project Butterbrot, Berlin

Moderation: Barbara Anna Bernsmeier, cultural manager, Berlin

The event will be held in the English language.

Free admission, registration is not required.       

A cooperation of the Heinrich Böll Foundation with the curatorial initiative "International Cultural Project Butterbrot".



Heinrich Böll Foundation, Katja Giebel, East and South East Europe Department
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