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Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Recuperating the Invisible Past

257mm x 195mm 

Editor: Ieva Astahovska 

Authors of articles: Piotr Piotrowski, Magdalena Radomska (PL), Viktor Misiano (RU), Mark Allen Svede (USA), Linara Dovydaityte, Dovilė Tumpytė, Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Vytautas Landsbergis, George Maciunas (LT), Andres Kurg, Mari Laanemets , Epp Lankots, Maria-Kristiina Soomre, Kädi Talvoja, Leonhard Lapin, Vilen Künnapu, Juhan Viiding (EE), Dora Hegyi, Zsuzsa László, Tamás Szentjóby (HU), Ieva Astahovska, Stella Pelše, Iliana Veinberga, Varis Rudzītis (LV).

In Recuperating the Invisible Past the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art introduces a collection of essays about the neo-avant garde art of the Baltics and Eastern Europe. It includes 25 essays, discussions and manifestos about events and processes in Socialist and Soviet bloc countries, which, paraphrasing the British historian Tony Judt, were either easy to forget (in the West) or suppress (in the East): “Eastern European past, including the artistic past, has actually been the “invisible past”.”

“The work invested by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in the comprehensive survey and evaluation of our cultural legacy from the Soviet period is inestimable, and this collection of articles is a major step forwards on the way towards systematic and conclusive research. Also the unresolved issues provide grounds for a positive and hopeful mood: for researchers in the field there is still plenty to do, and we can anticipate wonderful new discoveries, and perhaps even new theories of art history. [..] I believe that one prospective avenue of study and argumentation in the research of Latvian Soviet period art is directly connected with the defining of these cultural historical differences, as well as the determination of potential cultural and political differences in theory and in practice.”

Alise Tīfentāle, art historian


Design: Rihards Funts / Rijada . Published by The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art , 2012
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