23.11.2019

CEC ArtsLink > A Miracle or Misunderstanding: Socially Engaged Practices in the Art Prospect Network Countries

CEC ArtsLink presents a new publication, A Miracle or Misunderstanding: Socially Engaged Practices in the Art Prospect Network Countries, including field reports from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

In this unique resource, artists, thinkers, and practitioners share their experience, knowledge, and research about social practice art in their countries, including its history, current practices, impact, perception, and documentation.

This study grew out of CEC ArtsLink’s commitment to support international cultural mobility and new models to creatively address socio-political concerns, transforming urban environments, and engaging local communities. It serves to connect the broader international arts community to the post-Soviet region, engage funders, and advocate for the importance of transnational cultural exchange.

“Socially engaged art in the former Soviet countries is either a miracle or a misunderstanding, for there are too many reasons why it should not exist,” writes art theoretician Viktor Misiano. This publication addresses the need for greater information about regional creative initiatives that engage residents, artists, and governments to work together to respond to social concerns, improve their urban environment, and support transnational collaboration and exchange.

Find the publication in English and in Russian