One of the defining events of the twentieth century was the momentous fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. For many Central and Eastern European artists the political and social changes that followed the break-up of the Soviet- bloc, fundamentally changed the subject and style of their work. UNFREE FREEDOM: An Exploration of Central European Identity examined how blacklisted artists responded to the restraints imposed on them under communist regimes and how their worked changed when those systems fell apart. Featured artists include former dissidents who took the view that being blacklisted was a refuge away from the government mandate of making work in the Socialist Realism style . . . a place and state of being that Slovak artist Rudolf Sikora termed, an “unfree freedom.” The exhibition also included work by young, emerging artists who are responding to a new set of freedoms and constraints, brought about by democracy, capitalism and globalization.
Artists, Collectives and Designers include: FONTARTE (PL); Luxux (PL); Rudolf Sikora (SK); Magda Stanová (SK); and Peter Szabo (HU).