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Towards other possible artworlds

Lectures, discussion forums, screenings

Art is credited with the ability to bring (radically) new, critical insights which bear transformative potential. It sensitively reflects and critically comments on negative phenomena in society, inequality and injustice, political oppression as well as unsustainable economic arrangements, and the exploitation of communities and the entire planet. But what about the exploitation and injustice embedded in the operation of the art system itself? What about solidarity when one of the main principles of the art world is competition - for resources, attention, and individual success?


The criticism of negative phenomena ”outside the art world” often neglects the fact that the same negative aspects are reproduced “inside the art world” governed by its own priorities and modes of production. With its overproduction and emphasis on individuality and flexibility, the art world closely models the neoliberal economy. However open and tolerant it may seem, the art scene reproduces gender, racial, and class inequalities; and just as art institutions once participated in the "extraction" of the cultural heritage of colonized nations and by doing so helped legitimize colonial violence, they now participate in legitimizing those responsible for the extraction of natural and human resources and for environmental and planetary destruction.


Today, at a time marked by multiple crises, and especially by the endangered situation of culture and cultural production in Slovakia, we wish to focus on critical voices, discourses that look introspectively and critically at art and its modes of production, and examine it from various viewpoints with a stress on anticapitalist, feminist, decolonial, and ecological perspectives. We believe that in the long-run art can fulfill its emancipatory function if the art system itself undergoes positive change. Thus the series aims to foster dialogue on the possibilities of reforming the art system along the principles of sustainability, subsistence, justice, care, inclusion and wellbeing, and on practices which test different, more just modes of production and instituting.

March 2024 – February 2025


Participants: Mariana Cunha, Lucy Lopez, Nada Rosa Schroer, Tereza Stejskalová, Kuba Szreder, Marianna Tsionki, Raluca Voinea and others

Concept: Eliška Mazalanová
Curated by Judit Angel and Eliška Mazalanová



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ERSTE Foundation is main partner of tranzit.

Media partners:
Artalk.info, Flash Art CZ & SK, Kapitál, GoOut.net



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