Whose Nostalgia is Ostalgia? Post – Communist Nostalgia in Central-European Contemporary Art
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Štroblová, K. (2020). Whose Nostalgia is Ostalgia? Post – Communist Nostalgia in Central-European Contemporary Art. Bibliotekarz Podlaski, 47(2), 249-264. https://doi.org/10.36770/bp.481


The paper is focused on a particular group of visual artists from Poland, Hungary, and the Czech and Slovak republics dealing with the issue of memory, history and nostalgia in their work. A common feature of their art is the perception of local space in its historical connotations, the exploration of historical content, causality reception, and the time-space orientation of man. Using space, with its physical and symbolic expression, is their strategy; a specific interest is the process of searching, changing or losing the identity in a historically complicated area of Central Europe. The article examines relations between collective memory, identity and nostalgia, captured in the artistic reflection and thus mirroring the actual state of a society. 

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