Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960

By Amy Bryzgel

Performance art in Eastern Europe since 1960


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9422-8
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: February 2017
  • BIC Category: The arts / Performance art, Art History, History, Theatre studies, The arts: general issues, DRAMA / European / General, PERFORMING ARTS / General, Performing arts, Performance art, Ceramic & glass: artworks, Eastern Europe, The Arts: General Issues, The arts / Theatre studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
  • Series: Rethinking Art's Histories


This volume presents the first comprehensive academic study of the history and development of performance art in the former communist countries of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe since the 1960s. Covering 21 countries and more than 250 artists, this text demonstrates the manner in which performance art in the region developed concurrently with the genre in the West, highlighting the unique contributions of Eastern European artists. The discussions are based on primary source material-interviews with the artists themselves. It offers a comparative study of the genre of performance art in countries and cities across the region, examining the manner in which artists addressed issues such as the body, gender, politics and identity, and institutional critique.


'By highlighting an instance in which documentation functioned as a substitute for presence, Bryzgel weighs in on art-historical debates regarding the relationship between live art and photography. It is at moments like this that Performance Art inEastern Europe since 1960 most succeeds in its stated aim of 'looking not from the centre to the periphery but the reverse, to see how such an approach might not only challenge but also overturn perceptions regarding art history, artistic styles, and the canon' (p. 5).'
Michelle Maydanchik, University of Pittsburgh, Slavonic and East European Review (vol. 95, no. 4, October 2017)

'Like any good art historical study the book goes beyond shedding lighton an obscure moment in history, bearing much relevance to contemporary artistsworking in the West today. In this respect, a great strength of the book is itsintimate analysis of the operation of the strategy of 'Subversive Affirmation'in the communist era.'
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Journal of Contemporary Central andEastern Europe


Amy Bryzgel is Senior Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen


1. Sources and origins
2. The body
3. Gender
4. Politics and identity
5. Institutional critique
Select bibliography

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