Michal Plata/ PL

Larisa Crunteanu/ RO/PL

Alexandra Mocan/ RO

Ada Muntean/ RO

Xandra Popescu/ RO

Gabriel Stoian/ RO

Mihai Iepure Gorski/ RO


- A collection of stories told by natives of east European countries.

East in this project stands for the eastern part of the European continent. There is no consensus on the precise area it covers, mostly because the term has a wide range of geopolitical, geographical, cultural, and socioeconomic connotations. There are "almost as many definitions of Eastern Europe as there are scholars of the region". A related United Nations paper adds that "every assessment of spatial identities is essentially a social and cultural construct".

Arguably the most referred meaning was created during the Cold War and used more or less synonymously with the term Eastern Bloc. A similar definition names the formerly communist European states outside the Soviet Union as Eastern Europe. Majority of historians and social scientists view such definitions as outdated or relegated, but they are still sometimes used for statistical purposes.

This exhibition brings together a group of artists born or living in countries such as Romania, Poland, etc. associated with the term of east European. Displaying a fresh outlook on what the east stands for today, seven video pieces made by seven emergent artists more or less belonging to the same generation: Michal Plata, Gabriel Stoian, Larisa Crunteanu, Xandra Popescu, Alexandra Mocan, Mihai Iepure Gorski and Ada Muntean. The videos present in this selection document certain stereotypical background while others are ironical interpretations depicting a high temporal contrast or just simple observations over current times. All the pieces sum up to offer a glimpse on what East Europe is about. A raw insight or just hello form the other side where things did not go as planned...

Curated by Gabriel Stoian

Key dates:

19-26 June - EAST SAPPHIRE, Ventolin Art Space, Brisbane, Australia

Opening: Wednesday 19th June, 6 pm - 9 pm

Address: Vacant Assembly, 266 Montague Rd, West End

Exhibition times: make appointment via ventolinartspace@gmail.com

04-11 July - Ghost Sensation, NEWNOW Art Space, Frankfurt, Germany