All that Remains... the Teenagers of Socialism13. Mar - 25. Apr 10 / ended waterside contemporary
Thursday-Saturday: 12-6pm Sundays: 12-4pm Other times by appointment.
Works by Anna Baumgart, Florian Wüst, Gerda Leopold, Åukasz Ronduda, Åtefan Constantinescu, Tereza Buková, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler
All that remains... The Teenagers of Socialism presents a young generation of artists from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and the UK exploring all that remained once the political system of their childhood had disintegrated.
In relation to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the exhibition seeks to address the complexities of the effects of the decline of Socialism in Eastern Europe, which has been disruptive - if not traumatic - for a generation of artists who were in their mid and late teens when the first bits of crumbling concrete sparked an avalanche of revolutions in Eastern Europe. This young generation of Socialists had to transform into Capitalists in the midst of their adulthood. For some of them socialism became a ghostly figure linked to childhood memories, social relations and oral history - living images glued into memory like photographs in a family album.
The exhibition will showcase works, many of them previously unseen in the UK, from a variety of artists based in both the East and West countries: Anna Baumgart (Poland), Florian Wüst (Germany), Gerda Leopold (Germany), Åukasz Ronduda (Poland), Åtefan Constantinescu (Romania and Sweden), Tereza Buková (Czech Republic and UK) and Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK).
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