Calvert 22 hosts discussion on activism behind the Iron Curtain

Calvert 22 hosts discussion on activism behind the Iron Curtain

19 November 2015

On Tuesday 24 November Calvert 22 will host a discussion about how the artistic movements of the 1970s and 1980s might inform the work of activists and artists today.

Graphic novelists Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal and cultural activist Major Waldemar Fydrych will discuss their experiences as artists living and working behind the Iron Curtain with Klara Kemp-Welch (Courtauld Institute).

In their collaborative autobiography, Behind the Curtain, Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal explore their formative years as artists in 1970s Poland, while Major Waldemar Fydrych’s Lives of the Orange Men tells the story of the Orange Alternative, the 1980s activist-art movement that employed surrealist creativity to destabilise the Communist government. They will both discuss their own experiences and the legacy of artistic movements from the 1970s and 1980s.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in London, UCL School of Slavic and East European Studies, Minor Compositions, and SelfMadeHero.

The event is free to attend, but booking is essential.