1st Edition

Plural and Multiple Geographies of Modern and Contemporary Art in East-Central Europe

Edited By Caterina Preda, Magdalena Radomska Copyright 2025
    292 Pages 5 Color & 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume proposes a theoretical reflection on the different artistic geographies of East-Central Europe (ECE) from an interdisciplinary perspective found at the intersection of art history, art and politics, and critical geography.

    Contributors argue that this multiplicity is a defining feature of the region. At the same time, chapters employ the concept of “plural geographies” and call for an equal geography, based on solidarity and an equal distribution of capital, which could allow plural geographies to exist and be described. The “multiple geographies” of ECE consider the perspective of local conditions and emphasize how this region was part of successive empires with an important ethnic diversity and changing borders, giving it historical layers and multicultural characteristics.

    The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, political studies, cultural studies, and geography.


    Part I: Plural Geographies of East-Central European Art

    1.     Plural geography(ies) - Between Class Division and Relations of Production

    Magdalena Radomska

    2.  Discontinuity. Considering East-Central Europe as a Discontinuous Space

    Jerome Bazin

    3. Points East: the Geo-Epistemology of East European Art through Conference History 

    Maja and Reuben Fowkes

    4. Capitalism, Geographies, the Racial/Colonial and the Imperial/Colonial Divide

    Marina Gržinić

    Part II: Multiple Geographies – Non-hierarchical, flexible mapping and non-mapping

    5. Plurimodern Constellations: Scales of Analysis in the Spatial History of Art

    Cristian Nae

    6. The Hegemonic Gaze and East-Central Europe - Challenging the Totalitarian Paradigm

    Lina Dzuverovic

    7. The Arts of Mapping (East Central) Europe and David Černý’s Entropa

    Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius

    8. A Shift From the Geopolitics of Place to the Chronopolitics of Time in East-Central Europe?

    Edit András

    Part III: Geographies of Peripheral Solidarity

    9.     The Alternative Geography of Socialist Cultural Internationalism: Trans-Regional Artistic Solidarity Between East-Central Europe and Latin America

    Caterina Preda

    10.  Black Masks White Skin. Self-Identification with Africa in the Polish Culture During Late Socialism

    Katarzyna Cytlak

    11. From Postsocialist Geographies to Late Socialist Networks: The Role of Cultural Exchange with Non-Aligned Countries in Croatia and Yugoslavia

    Sanja Sekelj

    12. Transnational Zones for Museums and Archives Between Latin America and Eastern Europe

    Cristina Freire

    Part IV: Geographies of “Strategic Essentialism”

    13. Inside the Trans/National. Feminist Geographies of Close Otherness in the Art of East-Central Europe

    Karolina Majewska-Güde

    14. An Art History of Place

    Pavlina Morganova

    15. Atemporal Histories and the Geographies of East-Central Europe, or, Why Have There not Been no Great Moldovan (Performance) Artists?

    Amy Bryzgel

    16.  A Different Narrative of Nonalignment? The Case of Socialist Albania in the Art History of Central and Geography of East-Central Europe

    Raino Isto



    Caterina Preda is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest.

    Magdalena Radomska is an Assistant Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.