Panslavisms is a five day exhibition exploring the Polish-Lithuanian and regional relations, accompanied by a conference and a film program curated by Jan Sowa and taking place in the restored part of the former Central Committee of the Polish United Workers Party where a military alliance known as the Warsaw Pact (“Union of Peace and Socialism”) was signed by eight countries in Central and Eastern Europe in 1955.
One of the basic criticisms of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978) – the founding volume of the postcolonial studies – concerns the fact that the author examines the relations between the so-called the first and the so-called third world, omitting the territories of half-peripheries such as Central Europe. The understanding of how the colonial and postcolonial forces have navigated the cultural territories between Poland and its Slavic and non-Slavic neighbours offers a way to re-read the post-Soviet and postcommunist condition: the ideology of the border territories nostalgically called ‘Kresy’; the constructs of Western-centrism or Panslavism or even the hidden agendas of so-called Eastern Partnership.
Artists: Arnas Anskaitis (Vilnius), Levan Chogoshvili (Tbilisi), Linas Jablonskis (Vilnius), Dagna Jakubowska (Warsaw), Nana Kipiani (Tbilisi), Juozas Laivys (Plungė), Artūras Raila (Vilnius), Janek Simon (Cracow/Warsaw), Slavs and Tatars (Euroasia), Jonas Staal (Rotterdam)
Curators: Virginija Januškevičiūtė and Joanna Warsza
Opening: 26.06.2013, 18:00–21:00
Conference: 27.06.2013, 17:00–21:00
Film Programe: 28–30.06.2013
Exhibition is open:
Former Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party, Nowy Świat 6/12, Warsaw
Photographs by Arnas Anskaitis