Maria Hlavajova

Maria Hlavajova (Slovakia, 1971) is the artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands: a platform for creating, presenting and analysing contemporary art. She has organized numerous exhibitions and project at BAK and beyond. She is also the artistic director of FORMER WEST: a long-term research project that explores the changes in the world after the end of the Cold War in 1989.  Inquiring into the complex relationship between art and the political, the project takes it as its politico-aesthetic task to construct the notion of a “former West” in spite of the persisting sense of the hegemonic privilege of the so-called West.

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