"Public Preparation. Contemporary Nationalism and Critical Art Practices" is a selective documentation of the Public Preparation project, which consisted of seminars, talks, screenings and workshops, and took place between 2008 and 2010. The book is composed of transcripts of presentations, commissioned essays, and several talks. But it is also to a large extent a rather unconventional art book.
The publication pays special attention to the discussion of recent artistic production, as too often particular artworks tend to get forgotten. The contributors come mostly from former Eastern Europe. They are mainly art professionals. Besides being the documentation of the project, this book also produces the contextual framework for the international exhibition "Let's Talk About Nationalism! Between Ideology and Identity", which opened in February 2010 at Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn.
Rael Artel, concept, realization, editor, will be present to talk about the publication and the project.
This event takes place on Thursday, December 9 from 8–10 pm at Mediamatic Bank. Vijzelstraat 68, 1017 HL Amsterdam.
Rael Artel, Charles Esche, Eva Fotiadi, Marina Grzinic,
Flo Kasearu & Tanel Rannala, Karolis Klimka, Vida Knezevic & Ivana
Marjanovic, Martin Krenn, Tanya Muravskaya, Alexei Penzin, Joanna
Rajkowska, Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Marko Stamenkovic & Tomas
Tomilinas, Mihaela Varzari, and Tamara Zlobina.
Yael Bartana, Wojtek Doroszuk, Maria Eichhhorn,
Kaspars Goba, Jens Haaning, Tomek Kozak, Boris Mikhailov, Tanya
Muravskaya, Kristina Norman, Marjetica Potrc, Joanna Rajkowska, Gerhard
Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Luc Tuymans are discussed among others.
Concept and realization by Rael Artel
Editing by Rael Artel, Kendra Ballingall
Graphic design by Jaan Evart
Published by Public Preparation, 2010
120 pages, in English, price: 10 eur
The golden sponsor of "Public Preparation. Contemporary Nationalism and
Critical Art Practices" is Open Estonia Foundation. Graphic design is
supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment.