Added on by Alex Mirutziu.

©  "Pop"  Alex Mirutziu  
©  "Pop"  Alex Mirutziu  
©  "Pop"  Alex Mirutziu
Participating artists: Pawel Althamer (Poland); Anetta Mona Chisa (Czech Republic) and Lucia Tkácová (Slovakia); Gintaras Didziapetris (Lithuania); Dušica Drazic (Serbia); Igor Eškinja Croatia); Johnson & Johnson (Estonia); Anna Kolodziejska (Poland); David Maljkovic (Croatia); Ján Mancuška (Czech Republic); Dénes Miklósi (Romania); Alex Mirutziu (Romania); Anna Molska (Poland); Ivan Moudov (Bulgaria); Ciprian Muresan (Romania); Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuania); Roman Ondák (Slovakia); Anna Ostoya (Poland); Taras Polataiko (Ukraine); Wilhelm Sasnal (Poland); Sislej Xhafa (Kosova); and Katarina Zdjelar (Serbia).*

Curated by Christopher Eamon
Organized by The Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Alberta

Rearview Mirror is a large thematic exhibition that brings together the work of a new generation of artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Looking both to the past and to the future, the works by the twenty-two artists in the exhibition engage post-conceptual strategies and forms, and collectively challenge accepted notions of Eastern Europe as a social, political and art historical monolith.

In an attempt to alter stereotypes of Eastern Art and "Easternness" in general, the exhibition is a kind of preliminary experiment and dialogue in the post-socialist period. Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, one might expect great changes in the cultural practices in the region known since the Yalta agreement as the "Eastern Bloc" even though the political cultures and histories of the various nations comprising it greatly diverge. Indeed this is the case in many practices that have been selected mainly for the artists' choices of non-traditional forms that range in media from video, installation and performance to sculpture and painting.

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» Rearview Mirror at THE POWER PLANT - 1 July - 5 September, 2011

» Alex Mirutziu - "Pop" video at Art Gallery of Alberta until April

Rearview Mirror is not an exhibition that attempts to be all-inclusive or encyclopedic. It brings together the work of artists from diverse backgrounds and histories to look at the non-traditional practices of a younger generation of artists from the last decade, presenting an opportunity to view artworks by relative newcomers such as Ciprian Muresan, Gintaras Didziapetris and Anna Molska in the context of some of their contemporaries already known through international art circuits such as Pawel Althamer, Roman Ondák and Wilhelm Sasnal.

Christopher Eamon is a Canadian-born, New York-based independent curator who has curated numerous international exhibitions, and edited and written for a wide number of publications.

The exhibition is a co-presentation with the Art Gallery of Alberta, where it will be on view from
27 January – 29 April, 2012. Rearview Mirror is accompanied by a substantial publication, co-published by The Power Plant and the Art Gallery of Alberta.

 — all images except "Pop" stills, courtesy Steve Payne taken at The Power Plant, Toronto —