Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East & West – upcoming events & news

Apr 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Update on the various launches and press that have happened or are forthcoming for Agata Pyzik's Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East & West.




2.05 KUAD Gallery, Istanbul,Turkey - part of the Turkish-Polish Year, I'll be speaking at the opening of the exhibition of Polish art since the 90s, my abstract here

14.05 Manchester, UK. Islington Mill.

16.05 London, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

4.06 Warsaw, Poland:  Museum of Modern Art

21.06 Berlin, Germany: Pro Qm Bookshop (with guests)

15.08 Wales, Green Man Festival, Q & A with Alex Niven (of Folk Opposition and Definitely Maybe 33 1/3  fame)

Forthcoming in September: Pages of Hackney &  Housmans Radical Booksellers (both London)




There have been two London launches already, Dreaming the Lost Collective at Calvert 22 Gallery (some photos here)  and Dancing Across the Iron Curtain at  Cafe Oto. The former focused on current politics of the former East, the latter on pop culture generated out of the late cold war paranoia of the late 70s-early 80s. Forthcoming events will focus on other themes of the book, including eastern European mysticism, contemporary art meets Socialist Realism, and the different strategies of modernity and consumption in the Soviet Bloc and in the West.


AGATA3In last month’s Wire (#362), Agata Pyzik wrote the prestigious Epiphany column, where authors discuss the music that has influenced them somehow. Her column focuses  Franz Schubert and the influence of his song cycles such as Schone Mullerin & her later fixation with effeminate men in synthpop and Neue Deutsche Welle.

An extract focusing on Polish popfuturism was published over at The Quietus. There is also an appendix to this on Agata’s blog.


She has also written recently for the Guardian on women's rights in Ukraine and elsewhere in East Europe

Lastly, there have been two articles in Icon, on the specificity of Soviet and Polish graphic design, on Soviet film posters in GRAD Russian Gallery, London, and Henryk Tomaszewski's retrospective in Warsaw in the forthcoming (June) issue.

AGATA4Poor But Sexy


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