The Green Bloc
Expanding the horizon of established accounts of Central European art under socialism, The Green Bloc: Neo-avant-garde Art and Ecology under Socialism uncovers the neglected history of artistic engagement with the natural environment in the Eastern Bloc. Focussing on artists and artist groups whose ecological dimension has rarely been considered, including the Pécs Workshop from Hungary, OHO in Slovenia, TOK in Croatia, Rudolf Sikora in Slovakia, and the Czech artist Petr Štembera, Maja Fowkes’s innovative research brings to light an array of distinctive approaches to nature, from attempts to raise environmental awareness among socialist citizens to the exploration of non-anthropocentric positions and the quest for cosmological existence in the midst of red ideology. Embedding artistic production in social, political, and environmental histories of the region, this book reveals the artists’ sophisticated relationship to nature, at the precise moment when ecological crisis was first apprehended on a planetary scale.
1. Abstract Elements in the Industrial Environment: The Land Art of the Hungarian Group Pécs Workshop
2. The Cosmic Environment of the Slovenian Group OHO
3. Ecology of the Socialist City: The Public Art of the Croatian Group TOK
4. Correlations of Geography, Ecology, and Cosmology in the Conceptual Practice of Slovak Artist Rudolf Sikora
5. Embodied Environmental Awareness in the Performative Practice of Czech Artist Petr Štembera