Denisa Tomkova (2021). Telling the Story of ‘Oriental Silk’: An Interview with Xiaowen Zhu, Berlin Art Link
Interview article about Xiaowen Zhu's new project ‘Oriental Silk’ and her new book published by
Hatje Cantz. Through its many media, the project reflects on Chinese American migration legacies and the history of the silk trade.
Denisa Tomkova (2020) From Dialogical Aesthetics in Eastern European Art to ‘Falling in Love’ with the Other(s), Third Text, 34:4-5, 481-500, DOI: 10.1080/09528822.2020.1836814
This article responses to European rise of nationalism by adapting Jacques Derrida’s hospitality concept to analyse contemporary art projects from former Eastern Europe. The paper will appropriate Derrida’s argument about the mutual acceptance of the host and the guest and argue that every relationship is about the possibility to be changed by the other, by considering the Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat’s take on Alain Badiou’s ‘In Praise of Love’ theory. By analysing András Cséfalvay’s Compsognation - a dinosaur’s view on the nation state(2013), Ztohoven’s Citizen K (2009-2010), Hybrid Workspace’s Deep Europe Visa Department (1997) and Kateřina Šedá’s From Morning till Night (2011); the article will ask whether these art projects can open up a discussion about the uncomfortable encounter with ‘the other’? It will argue they cannot change hospitality or nationality issues, but they can invite us to dialogue through which we can negotiate the gap between self and other.
Secondary Archive Project
Since October 2020, I have been working on Secondary Archive project - an online platform devoted to the work of female artists from Central and Eastern Europe. The project is collaboration of The Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation (Poland), MeetFactory (Czech Republic), Easttopics (Hungary) and Björnsonova (Slovakia)
The aim of the project is to promote, discover and rediscover female artists and the most valuable phenomena of contemporary art from the female perspective in the Visegrad countries. The Archive will collect statements of female artists of three generations – those who were active before 1989, the generation who started their art practice right after the fall of the Communist regime, and the youngest artists, born after 1989. It will serve as an international source of information about Central and Eastern European female art for both art professionals and the wider audience. The project is supported by the Visegrad Fund and helps to build a cooperation between art institutions and art professionals in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.