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Photo I, Photo You - a review of preconceived perceptions of Eastern Europe through the medium of art

Calvert22 is England’s first non-profit foundation for Russian and Eastern European art. The gallery is based in London’s trendy Shoreditch area and was founded in 2009 by Russian-born collector Nonna Materkova.

The gallery currently presents ‘Photo I, Photo You’, its fourth exhibition. The exhibition, curated by Iara Boubnova , shows contemporary mixed media work, inviting the viewer to reconsider their opinions and beliefs.

Whilst Socialism and belonging to the Eastern Bloc used to be a main influence, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, other themes in Eastern European countries have become more important. This in turn calls for a review of our own preconceived perceptions.

Iara Boubnova says : ‘We tend to see the other in terms of cliché, established patterns of habit or random memories from the guidebooks or the media, yet most of the things in the world that we think we know, in fact demand a second glance. The known demands attention just as much as the unknown.’

Since 1984 Iara Boubnova has been the Curator of the Eastern Europe Department at the National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia.

Photo I, Photo You

until 28 March 2010
Exhibiting artists: Stefania Batoeva, Olga Chernysheva, Igor Eskinja, Anna
Jermolaewa, Vikenti Komitski, Ján Mančuška, Boris Mikhailov, Kiril Prashkov, Anri Sala
and Nebojša Šerić Shoba
22 Calvert Avenue, London E2 7JP
Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Admission: Free
Nearest Tube: Old St / Liverpool St
Website: www.calvert22.org