Global Eastern Europe and Global South
Can Hungarian settlers in Latin America, Cuban migrant workers in Hungary, and Afro-Asian students in Eastern Europe have a common history? Is there a shared colonial history of Eastern Europe and the Global South? The exhibition looks at the historical relationships and parallels between the global periphery (Global South) and semiperiphery (Eastern Europe) in the 20th century through the concepts of coloniality, peripherality, and migration.
How did people in these regions, seemingly divided by various differences, perceive, interact with, and shape each other? The exhibition puts forth a global and multi-focal perspective that not only demonstrates the importance of unearthing the now forgotten relations between Eastern Europe and the Global South, but also probes what these relations meant from the perspective of the Global South.
The exhibition combines archival materials and personal memories with historical and contemporary art, including newly commissioned artwork. Its critical question is how to de-center the history dominated by the global center from the perspective of the global peripheries and by re-centering peripheral positions.
The Transperiphery Movement seeks to counter the center-dominated, hierarchical view of history by re-telling the histories of resistance strategies and emancipative possibilities of interperipherality. Visitors may embark on this transperipheral travel at the exhibition, which seeks to explore the shared, transnational history of Eastern Europe and the Global South.
Partners: ACAX – Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange; Artpool Art Research Center; Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the 'Second' and 'Third Worlds' 1945–1991 (University of Exeter)
Participating researchers: Zoltán Ginelli, Emese Kürti, Zsuzsa László, Irina Nicorich, Bartosz Nowicki, Łukasz Stanek, Tereza Stejskalová, Eszter Szakács, Bálint Tolmár
Video interview: Virág Tyekvicska
Exhibition design: Katarina Šević
Assistant curator: Judit Árva