Transart Advisor Dread Scott’s interview “Flags, Flowers and Communism” for Bucharest Art Week
In conjunction with Laughter and Forgetting, an exhibition curated by Swiss-based arts writer and curator Olga Stefan within the frame of the second edition of Bucharest Art Week, a series of interviews were conducted with participating international artists.
In the weeks leading up to Laughter and Forgetting, ArtSlant will be publishing this series with artists including Clemens Von Wedemeyer, Dread Scott, Himali Singh Soin, and Agnieska Polska.
Laughter and Forgetting is a citywide project taking place October 9-16 in Bucharest. The exhibition’s architecture is inspired by the structure of Milan Kundera’s 1979 eponymous novel, featuring seven autonomous stories that manifest themselves as time-based events or exhibitions connected together by common themes established on the first day within the main exhibition, i.e. laughter, forgetting, love, regret/humiliation (litost in Czech), totalitarianism, and the border. Artists, filmmakers, historians, and other researchers explore these themes from different angles, while the exhibition develops over the course of the week like a musical score through their repetition and variation, ultimately providing the viewer one experience composed of multiple perspectives, each unique in its own right.
To read Transart Advisor Dread Scott’s interview click here.
Dread Scott, On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, 2014, Performance still 2. Courtesy of the artist
Dread Scott, Let 100 Flowers Blossom, Let 100 Schools of Thought Contend, 2007, Inkjet prints, wood, flowers, 8 x 19 x 1 feet. Courtesy of the artist