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“Gender Check” now!

Category: 1989, art, by sophie engström, eastern europe, gender, ukraine
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From the 13th of November 2009 to 14th February 2010 the exhibition “Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe” is exhibited at MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, in Vienna.

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Gender Check is a project initiated in order to highlight on the 20th anniversary of the the revolution, or fall of iron curtain, in Eastern Europe, with a gender perspective. The curator Bojana Pejić, from Belgrade, has been asked to put together the exhibition by ERTSE Foundation.

The research project Gender Check also had, and still have I guess, the ambition to put gender issues in Eastern Europe in focus, since questions about inequality and gender structures have problems to compete with other issues, such as the financial crisis or climate change for instance. Still, gender has, as many knows, an huge impact on everyday life and on those issues mentioned above. During six month Gender Check commissioned researchers from 24 countries to collect East european official and unofficial art from 1960s to the 1989. The exhibition “Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of eastern Europe” at MUMOK is the result of their joint efforts.

And last, read the interview with Olga Bryukhovetska (PhD, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Visual Culture Research Center) on Hedwig Saxenhuber’s research in Ukraine.

Thus there was a kind of vicious “pre established harmony” between the naturalized ideology of a sexist and patriarchal society which manifested itself in its practices and denial of these discriminative practices on the declared level of the official ideology. A similar structure was in operation in every marginalized social group, preventing it from fully realizing its own marginality and effectively obstructing any resistant practices (the position and consciousness of the Soviet working class being probably the most striking example of the consequences of such perverted ideological twists).

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“Cops on Fire” a very new Hip-hopera

Category: art, by sophie engström, music, russia, theatre
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The hip-hopera “Cops on Fire” have the first night of performance on the 4th of December in S:t Petersburg. The music is written by Alexander Holenko, also known as Sasha Dza or Dzhem, who also is the founder of the label how2make. The director is Yury Kvyatkovsky and the creative producer Sasha Pas.

The creative association Le Cirque de Sharles La Tannes stands for the performance. Some probably remember their interpretation of the Russian author Victor Pelevin’s short story “The crystal world”. You can watch a clip from that performance under the cut.

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The press release about “Cop on Fire” tell us is an experimental project and result of creative confluence of theatre culture and contemporary youth music. The creators decided to call the genre of their creation «hip-hopera». Hip-hopera = live hip-hop arias + original decorations + tricks + choreography.

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Alina Gutkinas kritiska röst

Category: art, by sophie engström, russia, ryssland, video art
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(Läsningstid: 3 minuter)

Konstnären Alina Gutkina föddes 1985 i Moskva och hon kommer, som hon själv säger, från en regimkritisk familj. Hennes far var både under Sovjettiden och efter järnridåns fall en envis regimkritiker. Men hennes liv förändrades när han 1997 dog i en bilolycka. Alina är övertygad om att någon röjde hennes far ur vägen för att han var obekväm.

I takt med hennes familjs fruktlösa försök att få fram sanningen om olyckan, växte Alinas övertygelse om att hon skulle studera juridik. Hon började därför studera vid RGGU i Moskva, det universitet som anses vara det mest fristående och självständiga av alla universitet i Ryssland. Under sina studier började hon känna ett allt större behov av att undersöka sin verkligen på andra sätt än de strikt vetenskapliga. Hon började därför arbeta med videokonst.

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