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Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka

Common Roots: Design Map of Central Europe

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The identity of Central European design is as complex and ambiguous as the identity of the region itself. Over the past century, this part of the world has experienced the rise and fall of radically different political orders, while its borders have been repeatedly redrawn. 
In this historical context, design cannot be examined in terms of national categories, but must rather be studied in relation to the identities of individual designers, and to the experiences and cultural affiliations that characterize this region as a whole.
As this exhibition reveals, the individual stories of the participating designers are shaped by remarkable similarities and simultaneous developments. Despite their linguistic and national differences and the geographical distance that separate them from one another, they engage with the same concerns and questions, are inspired by the same sources, and attempt to come to terms with the same past historical events. The network of relationships created between these designers does not overlap with existing political borderlines, but rather represents a new cultural map that will undoubtedly continue to connect the different parts of this region in the coming generations.

Participants:

A+Z Design (HU), AA Studio (RO), Gyorgy Agotai (HU), AKSL Arhitekti (SLO), ALLT Studio (SK), Atelier A4 (RO), Atelier SAD (CZ), BabaAkcja (PL), Agnieszka Bar (PL), BelaBela (SLO), Jakub Berdych (CZ), Beton (PL), Beza Projekt (PL), BOA Design Studio (CZ), Bernadett Bodor (HU), István Böjte (HU), Gyorgy Bokor (HU), Martin Bu (SK), Julius Bucelis (LT), Joanna Bylicka (PL), Jan Capek (CZ), Emilian Dan Cartis (RO), Matej Chabera (CZ), Studio Olgoj Chorchoj (CZ), Co&Co (HU), Radu Comsa (RO), Ioana Corduneanu (RO), DBWT (PL), Svjetlana Despot (HR), Dombon-a-tanya (HU), Maciej Gąsienica-Giewont (PL), Noémi Gera (HU), Paweł Grunert (PL), Grupa (HR), Sixten Heidmets / Fellin (EE), Janos Mihaly Hubler (HU), IEKA (RO), Boglárka Imrei (HU), IVANKA Studio (HU), Peter Jakubik (SK), Monika Jarg (EE), Jaroslav Jurica (CZ), Kalimba (PL), Stanislav Katz (LV), Sára Kele (HU), Jyri Kermik (EE), Mirna Ostaric Kerr (HR), Knockoutdesign (PL/IL), Lucie Koldova (CZ), Ljiljana Kolundzic (HR), Koncern Design Studio (CZ), Kosmos Project (PL), Tomas Kral (SK), Matylda Krzykowski (PL/GER/NL), Kerttu Laane (EE), Laloushka (PL), Judit Lantos (HU), Marius Marcu Lapadat (RO), Marian Lassak (SK), Mantas Lesauskas (LT), Akos Lipóczki (HU), LLEV (CZ), Zoltan Lublóy (HU), MAJO (LV), Malafor (PL), Karina Marusińska (PL), Viktor Matic (HR), Maja Mesić (HR), Moho Design (PL), Csilla Molnar Malmsten (HU), Morphe Design Studio (CZ), Dragos Motica (RO), Bartosz Mucha (PL), Miloš Nemec (SK), Nuca Studio (RO), Numen / For Use (HR), Oloop (SLO), Jaanus Orgusaar (EE), Kristi Paap (EE), Patte (LV), Bevk Perovic Arhitekti (SLO), Daniel Pirsc (CZ), Pleksimanija (SLO), Alexe Popescu & Radu Manelici (RO), Cristina Popescu Russu (RO), POS1T1ON (HU), Daniel Posta (CZ), Villu Pruulmann (LV), Emil Ragusila (RO), Odett Rappensberger (HU), Andras Rigler (HU), Rijada (LV), Joanna Rusin (PL), Ruumilabor (LV), Virgil Scripcariu (RO), Pavel Sidorenko (EE), Katarina Siposova (SK), Mara Skujeniece (LV), Piotr Stolarski (PL), Studio Drevo (SLO), Serban Sturdza (RO), Janez Suhadolc (SLO), Klara Sumova (CZ), Radu Teaca (RO), Michaela Tomiskova (CZ), Péter Toronyi (HU), Tibor Uhrin (SK),
Maxim Velcovsky (CZ), Paulius Vitkauskas (LT), Igor Volkov / LUM (EE), Whitefruits (CZ), Arek Wolski (PL), Eliza Yokina (RO), Oskar Zięta (PL), Martin Žampach (CZ).

In the historical part among others: Roman Modzelewski (PL), Maile Grunberg (EE), Helle Gans (EE), Ingi Vaher (EE), Lilian Linnaks (EE), Erno Rubik (HU), Deszo Bozzay (HU), Jozsef Gollob (HU), Peter Ghyczy (HU), Lajos Veres (HU), Emil Bozzay, Jozsef Daniel (HU), Sandor Borz Kovats (HU), Marjeta Gale (SLO), Oskar Kogoj (SLO), Marko Turk (SLO), Davorin Savnik (SLO), Niko Kralj (SLO), Albert Kastelec (SLO), Marijan Gnamus (SLO).

Co-curators: Adam Štěch, Claudia Lazar, Eszter Bircsák, Kai Lobjakas, Klara Czerniewska, Melinda Sipos, Mirela Duculescu, Špela Šubic, Martin Žampach

The exhibition was presented in the Design Museum Holon in Holon, Israel (15.11.2012-23.02.2013).

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