Context & Identity in Contemporary Hungarian Art

Reimagining the near past and constructing local identities. A Fulbright project by Linnea West (2012-13)

Context and ADD

quotesY“Maybe the single most important thing that changed in Eastern and Central European art after the fall of Communism is that contemporary art became less context-bound. Previously there was a very repressive social organisation, a manipulated public life and censorship, and because of this the general public lost its trust in official forums and learned how to read between the lines, how to take the context of repression into consideration. This formed a strong social organisation rooted in a kind of social solidarity, but now this is over. Recent works can be understood with greater ease, with less attention, because they are less context-based, more viewer-friendly, and one doesn’t have to know the whole troublesome history of a ‘complicated’ country to decipher an art piece. …

Today in Hungary, as it is in general, I think, in the former Eastern Bloc countries, the previous strong, censorship generated attention on art production has disappeared, and people are not able to invest energy in reading in between the lines. The perception of contemporary art is now characterized by a special kind of ‘attention-deficit-disorder,’ where the non-commercial activities are less visible.”

-Janos Sugar, “Schrodinger’s Cat in the Art World,” East Art Map

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2012 by in Quote.
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