Since fall 2016, D’EST has formed a contemporary video art platform that maps out artistic reflections of post-socialist transformations along feminist, post-geographic and decolonial lines of inquiry. Shaped by different curatorial teams, the platform currently features 8 thematic chapters that group video works, experimental films and documentaries by 57 artists and collectives. Most of the works are available for online screening, while a new series of chapters is currently in the making. Check out our program for the coming events!

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  • Boryana Rossa, The Moon and the Sunshine, 2000. Video still, single-channel video, 6’07’’, color, sound.

    ONLINE: Screening Chapter #8

    Obscene West and Flickering Love Bites

    The audiovisual works of the eigth chapter “Obscene West and Flickering Love Bites” give us glimpses of the feminist video and performance art in the early post-socialist period. The capitalist mode of (artistic) production and the inclusion of the Eastern European countries in the global economy are the material background of the works which use the themes of femininity, gendered relations, sexuality, sexual perversion, and violence to articulate a critical reflection on the complex ramifications of the post-socialist condition in art and broader society.

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  • Alžběta Bačíková, Bent Tiles, 2017. Video still, single-channel video, sound, 22’22’’, 16:9.

    “Imagined Community VIII: My Significant Others” stirs up cultural narratives that have been excluding significant herstories. Five audiovisual works by female artists present feminist forebears as well as undiscovered inspirational female figures, who struggle to become part of the official artistic and political history. Women artists enter into a dialog with overlooked or fictitious personalities from the cultural field and thereby touch upon cultural narratives that frame HerStories worth re-telling.

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  • Anna Zemánková, Electrical Flower, first half of 1960s, tempera, pastel and India ink on paper, 59.5 x 84 cm. Courtesy: family collection / Terezie Zemánková.

    ONLINE: Screening Chapter #6 1/2

    Signals From Roots To Leaves: A post-botanical assembly

    “Signals From Roots To Leaves” approaches the Botanical Garden in Olomouc as a site where post-socialist and post-colonial ecologies and cultures intersect. Here, Agave, Ceiba, Rubber tree, Reeds and Carnation who live in the palm house, the subtropical greenhouse and under the open sky in Olomouc are convened together with a group of artists and healers whose work and knowledge resonates with specific trans*species connections and ecological histories they carry.

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  • Cooltūristės, Kosminis darželis (eng. Space Kindergarden), 2012. Performance videostill, single-channel video, stereo sound, color, 05’37’’.

    ONLINE: Screening Chapter #6


    The screening chapter “ReTopia” acknowledges “post-socialism” not only as a continental but also as a global phenomenon, though with palpable regional specificity and intensity. It looks at transitional shifts and modes of remembrance of historical processes that evoke forms – rejected, outmoded, disposed from power, gender political, architectural, and even full of potential. Without being afraid of utopian ideology, it looks back and forth and sideways in search of radically different futures.

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  • Ana Hušman, Ručak, (Lunch), 2008. 4:3, Video Still, Single-Channel Video, Stereo Sound, Colour, 16’40’’

    ONLINE: Screening Chapter #5

    We Are Family

    Entwining autobiographical, historical, and fictional narratives, this screening program examines generational, personal, and political frictions, breaks and entanglements, taking place in the dystopian context of post-1989. The tension bears down on the sphere of the personal and the political maintained through the relationship of the four figures: the figure of Neighbor, the figure of Mother, the figure of Lover and the figure of Other.

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  • Lene Markusen, Sankt–Female Identities in the Post-Utopian, 2017. Film still, HD, color, 5.1, 50’

    ONLINE: Screening Chapter #4

    The Body as an Indexical Reader

    The chapter examines the body as a collective, as a singular entity, as a social choreography of an alliance of states, as an organless, cognitive-capitalist, cerebral network, as a corporeal reading instrument of past, former socialist indices, as a place of textual and discursive inscription, but also as a genuine place of affective encounters and material practices. The curators focus on video works and films that flare up the affective, somaesthetic, relational and transformative potentials of the body after 1989 / 1991.

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  • Masha Svyagotor, Untitled, 2017. Photography from the series “Autobiography without facts”

    Political protocol tends to dispossess, overwrite, and refurbish unwanted narratives. Parallel to this, there are new agencies that enhance the intersections, reciprocities, and movements between bodies, spaces, objects, and memories. The video art and experimental film works of COSMOS COSMETICS: Unresting Memoryscapes and Corpofictions are concerned with architectural, corporeal, and phantasmatic materializations of internalized mnemonic, and bio-political regimes. Meanwhile they address surface porosities and subcutaneous layers of post-socialist cities. Hence this chapter of screenings in D’EST brings together artistic strategies and methods for unsettling, decontaminating, and queering artificial mono-histories, which stem from the urge to untag and distance the subject from the constraints of conformity, imposed belonging to a certain ethnic group or community, and identitarian politics in general.

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  • Željka Blakšić aka Gita Blak, Whisper - Talk - Sing - Scream, 2013. Performance documentation, Videostill, 07’39’’

    The changing role and function of language before and after the “transition” cannot be discussed without considering the dimension of authoritarian speech acts in the last phase of socialism. Anthropologist Alexei Yurchak shares the observation that during the authoritarian speech act, sign and reference, language and gesture, word and action merge into each other. This thesis is the foundation for an understanding of the variety of linguistic and performative experiments in post-socialist video art. The curators will focus on video works that reflect upon shifts in language and meaning and employ diverse silent, verbal, performative, activist, and other strategies to discuss collective and personal memory, identity, power relations, gender roles, and socio-political change.

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  • Sasha Pigorova, Queue, 2014. Videostill, HD, Colour, Sound, 09’21’’

    ONLINE: Screening Chapter #1

    The Suspension and Excess of Time

    The curatorial selection The Suspension and Excess of Time explores the role of time within a period of radical political, social, and economical change. The selected video works focus on the changes different societies were going through during the Perestroika era, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the collapse of the soviet empire. Paying tribute to speculative temporalities, curators Becker and Seehusen will trace people’s everyday experiences in the former “East” and “West” before and after 1989 / 1991.

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  • Stéphanie Rosianu, Fab-rageous Grrlz Come Out of the Vapors, 2022

    In 1957, Roland Barthes stated that in “Western” mythology the USSR would be a world halfway between the Earth and Mars to exemplify that the communist world was considered as foreign as another planet. Similar to Barthes’ literary method in his Mythologies book, curator, filmmaker and artist Xandra Popescu scripted three semi-fictional short stories to introduce major paradigms of her screening program O’ Mystical East and West.

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