‘Who if not we …?’ A publication

‘Who if not we …?’ A publication


January 5, 2005

Who if not we …? A publication
(Who if not we should at least try to imagine the future of all this? 7 episodes on (ex)changing Europe)

editors: Maria Hlavajova, Jill Winder
design: Kummer en Herrman
size: 20×25 cm, 296 pages,
ISBN 90-8546-011-5, 2004,

Published by Artimo, Amsterdam,
distribution by D.A.P. (dap [​at​] dapinc.com)
Idea Books (idea [​at​] ideabooks.nl)
Artimo (order [​at​] artimo.net).


texts by a.o.: Etienne Balibar, Ole Bouman, Robert Fleck, Boris Groys, Borut Vogelnik of artists group IRWIN, Slavoj Zizek and others.

artists a.o. : Academic Training Group, Francis Alys, Atelier van Lieshout, Joze Barsi, Yael Bartana, Otto Berchem, Monica Bonvicini, Joost Conijn, Rineke Dijkstra, Peter Friedl, Gerard Holthuis, Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, Rob Johannesma, Johan van der Keuken, Jop Koelewijn, Edward Krasinski, John Kormeling, Little Warsaw, Lucas Lenglet, Gabriel Lester, Jan Mancuska, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Aernout Mik, Deimantas Narkevicius, Paulina Olowska, Roman Ondak, Maria Pask, Wilfredo Pietro Garcia, Tadej Pogacar, Jeroen de Rijke/ Willem deRooij, Joke Robaard, Wilhelm Sasnal, Jennifer Tee, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barabara Visser, Dre Wapenaar, Edwin Zwakman.
Who if not we…? presents vital artistic and philosophical positions, addressing the cultural dimension of current political reality in Europe.
Who if not we…? articulates the connections between the exhibitions and other projects, and places them side by side as a comprehensive entity. The book is divided in two main parts. The main body of this publication reflects on the exhibitions 7 Episodes, presenting their visual and curatorial premises. In the second part of the book – the reader- we have included a number of texts discussing urgent issues related to contemporary art and its immediate cultural and political contexts. Four of the texts are written for this occasion by Ole Bouman (Synchronizing Europe), Boris Groys ( The Post-communist Condition), Borut Vogelnik ( Total Recall) and Slavoj Zizek (Was will Europa?).

The anthology section presents key texts on the new emerging European relaity, written in the last five years. These essays challenge settled stereotypes in our understanding of the post-Cold War divide. Texts are written by Inke Arns and Andreas Broekmann ( Rise and Decline of the syndicate: the end of an imagined community, ) Etienne Balibar ( Europe: vanishing mediator?, 2002), Robert Fleck (Post-communist Art, 2002), Bojana Pejic (The Dialects of Normality, 1999) , Piotr Piotrowski (Central Europe in the face of the Unification, 2003 ) and Igor Zabel (The (former) East and its Identity, 2000)

The publication accompanies the exhibitions 7 EPISODES ON (EX)CHANGING EUROPE
September 2004 – January 2005

The venues are: Surfacing, episode 1
17 September – 24 October 2004 Ludwig Museum Budapest -Museum of Contemporary Art | Curator: Livia Paldi www.ludwigmuseum.hu Time and Again, episode 2
23 October 2004 – 30 January 2005 Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam | Curators:
Leontine Coelewij and Geurt Imanse www.stedelijk.nl Cordially Invited, episode 3
31 October – 31 December 2004 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Centraal
Museum, Utrecht (additional venue) | Curators: Maria Hlavajova and Gerardo Mosquera www.bak-utrecht.nl Out of the Shadows, episode 4
7 November 2004 – 9 January 2005 Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam | Curator: Catherine David, in collaboration with Peter Friedl www.wdw.nl Safety and peace! Order and freedom!, episode 5
8 November – 5 December 2004 Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana | Curator: Igor Zabel www.mg-lj.si Olandu biuras – Vilnius, episode 6
19 November 2004 – 9 January 2005 Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius | Curator: Kestutis Kuizinas www.cac.lt Edward Krasin´ski’s Studio, episode 7
December 2004 Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw | Curators: Joanna Mytkowska and Andrzej Przywara, in collaboration with BAR Architecture Studio, Rotterdam and Marcin Kwietowicz, Warsaw www.fgf.com.pl
Thinking Forward is the cultural programme for the Dutch presidency of the European Union in 2004. Thinking Forward consists of a variety of activities in the Netherlands as well as in the ten new member states of the EU. The programme is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and is commissioned by the Fund for Amateur Art and Performing Arts and the Mondriaan Foundation.
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