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Eastern Europe, with and without borders

Bracewell, W; (2020) Eastern Europe, with and without borders. In: Milutinović, Z, (ed.) The Rebirth of Area Studies: Challenges for History, Politics and International Relations in the 21st Century. (pp. 91-128). I. B. Tauris: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In the early years of the twenty-first century, the young Polish artist Jan Dziaczkowski (1983–2011) created a series of collages, inserting images of socialist-era architecture, monuments and everyday life into postcards of famous western European scenes. Grey tower blocks loom over Piccadilly Circus and march alongside the Leaning Tower of Pisa; a statue of Lenin dwarfs the building of Gropius’s Dessau Bauhaus; Princess Diana glances up from work at an industrial loom; young women in headscarves, carrying rakes and brooms, stride purposefully through the Louvre or take notes, accompanied by a herd of cows, in front of a portico supported by caryatids. The series was entitled Keine Grenze or ‘no border’. Its impact depends on the viewer recognizing the ways that these images do in fact encode the two sides of a border, that between Cold War Eastern Europe and the West: on the one side concrete monoliths, [...]

Type: Book chapter
Title: Eastern Europe, with and without borders
Location: Univ Coll London, London, ENGLAND
Dates: 09 November 2015
ISBN-13: 9781788319119
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5040/9781788319119.ch-004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781788319119.ch-004
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127335
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