In this 5 Questions interview, Budapest-based art historians and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes comment on the breaking down of established art historical categories, the important role of museums in molding and revising canonical art histories, and the need for a more planetary, as opposed to global, model of art. Such a model would address artists’ relationships not only with national and international art trends, but also nature and the urgent ecological issues our planet faces today.
Art historian Anthony Gardner reminds us to think of art historical categories as broad and flexible, and identifies exhibition histories in the former Yugoslavia, as a rich area of interest.
Eda Čufer, art historian and member of the art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), sheds light on the challenges in negotiating between canonical art histories and local specificities in Eastern Europe, specifically in the countries of former Yugoslavia.
Artist Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya) speaks about the importance of specific, local narratives for her work: “The experiments that I am doing… are the only reality, the only narrative that I can imagine.”