EXHIBITION: BABY, I LIKE IT RAW Post-Eastern Bloc Photography & Video
Curators Marie Tomanova & Thomas Beachdel bring new life into the Czech Center New York Gallery during New York City’s Armory week.
The exhibition BABY, I LIKE IT RAW brings together post-Eastern Bloc photography and video work.
EXHIBITION: MARCH 2-APRIL 4,
WEEKDAYS 10AM-6PM in the Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: March 2, 7-10PM
With special video screenings opening and closing nights
Images from the Opening
Artists in the Exhibition
The West has grown fat, fat, fat and gluttonous. Post-WWII, it
has devoured everything and spun a global web of consumer
desire, shaping identity through materialism and media.
More than only geographically isolated until the early 1990s,
what once was the Eastern Bloc is now defining itself with and
against a consumer history it never really had.
Raw desire and energy—youth culture—come into tension with
the totalitarian ghost of Stalin. Larry Clark and Gosha
Rubchinskiy greet each other in the Brutalist architectural
spaces of conformity and power.
Curated by MARIE TOMANOVA & THOMAS BEACHDEL
West and East mix, breed, copulate, produce. Harmony Korine,
you are to the West what Boris Mikhailov is to the East. If we
were to find you all young and willing, easy and free…, and put
you in a room, it might be something like this show. It might
smell like black cigarettes, sex, and alcohol. It would be cold. It
would be hot. It would shine brilliant and real. Clothing would
be cast off with innocence. There might be blood on the snow
and the concrete. SOME OF YOU WILL BECOME GREAT. Some
of you will be lost among the plastic bottles and dirty socks.
Some of you know…Baby, I Like It RAW!
Czech Center New York, Brooklyn Archival