How much do we know about Eastern Europe? Personally, the answer is “not enough”. That’s why I was glad to visit Eastcontemporary, a new art space that inaugurated in Milan last November. Young, Polish curators Julia Korzycka and Agnieszka Fąferek, created this incredible, independent, non for profit organisation, to promote Eastern European artists. In doing so, they aim to overcome the West – non West dialectic, in which our culture gets too often stuck. Their mission is to foster creativity, facilitate artistic exchange and offer opportunities for emerging and established artists to network, research and create career-defining exhibitions.
Julia and Agnieszka developed a year long programme: “Odds against Tomorrow”: a curatorial endeavour committed to exploring the concept of future as a multi-layered narration about its possibilities and impossibilities. Living in a dystopian present where uncertainty and instability rule our lives, even just thinking about a future is becoming less and less easy, the programme proposes new narratives and new ways to relate with time categories. The first Exhibition “The future in Reverse” is a dialogue between the work of Agata Ingarden and Agnieszka Polska. The artists present an extended reflection on mythologies, metaphysics, linearity and time.
Eastcontemporary is definitely a must seen in the Milanese art scene. It is a solid project, masterfully orchestrated by two talented curators that will change your perspective and broaden your horizons.