Transitland. Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009

30 May - 26 June 2010

Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)


Adrian Paci, Yael Bartana, Anri Sala, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Artur Zmijewski, Egon Bunne, Hristina Ivanoska, Milica Tomic, Azzoro, Kai Kaljo, Sergey Shutov, Elena Kovylina, Radek and Dmitry Gutov, Mariana Vassileva, Martin Zet, Mare Tralla, Eleonore de Montesquiou


curated by Olga Shishko


Central and Eastern Europe — a common cultural space, recovering from historical turmoil in the 80s and 90s, at the same time this part of Europe is represented by very different countries with their own destinies and traditions. Each lived with an eye to the global context and used artistic techniques to investigate and re-form their own identity. What do we all have in common? What makes us different?


The European ways and destinies in the post Soviet period are examined through national and personal stories. Sometimes the elements of these stories become symbols that later break political and geographical borders. As curator Kathy Rae Huffman says, "There are symbolic, impressionistic, journalistic, subjective, narrative, humorous, and most of all, political works included in the Transitland archive. They express the idea of transformation and change. [...]. Now we take these works as the window to the reality of New Europe, as well as the outlook on people’s life, history, and places that are often forgotten".


Organized by Media Art Lab for the Mediaforum program of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), the Transitland exhibition is accompanied by screenings, a public discussion, lectures and workshops. As well as 15 exhibited works from the Transitland archive, visitors will be able to view all the works from the archive, presented in a “video jukebox".


19 - 23 June, 2010, CCC Garage

three screening programmes with works from the Transitland archive, selected by Olga Shishko, Mediaforum director


21 June 2010, CCC Garage

Video art in Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin wall – a discussion between Kathy Rae Huffman, Olga Shishko, Anri Sala, Egon Bunne, Milica Tomic, Mare Tralla, Mariana Vassilieva


20 – 23 June, 2010

Workshops by Anri Sala and Egon Bunne


Mediaforum is a major section of Moscow Film Festival and is the most renown programme in Russia dealing with video and media art. It has been entertaining and educating the Russian audience for ten years. Its program consists of variety of screenings, lectures, round tables, performances and exhibitions by both Russian and international artists.