Curated by: Ilona Németh, Fedor Blaščák, Rokko Juhasz

Organized by : Kassák Centre for Intermedia Creativity and Open Society Foundation,


Coorganizers: Approach Association, Pécs, Hungary


Open Gallery
Baštová 5, 811 03 Bratislava
Slovenská republika



25 years after 1989 we are facing multiple inner as well as geo-political challenges
deeply rooted in inconsequence of the transformation processes after 1989.


Proclaimed state´s safety and democratization of the society backed by the membership
in EU and NATO is being seriously challenged by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine which
raises fundamental questions about sustainability of the EU as a transformative power in
Eastern Europe. “Ukrainian crisis” has turned into “European crisis”, which undermines
sovereignty of post-Soviet countries as well as existing international regime in post-cold
war era.

Viktor Orban has recently announced his views on „illiberal democracy“ as an solution –
at the same moment the confirmation – of the current „status quo“ in Hungary.


Nationalism still prevails as an effective agenda of the populist politicians whose chances
are being enhanced within the consequences of the economic crisis after 2008.
However, it has become increasingly difficult to view nationalism as a waning force in a
globalized world, since reality has turned out to be quite the opposite. The hateful
rhetoric and violent xenophobic acts that have recently spread throughout Europe have
increased the need to keep a close eye on the stealthy comeback of an old phenomenon
with a new face and a greater adaptability to the new conditions.


Anyhow, more than two decades after the Cold War and the collapse of the communist
system, it is difficult to blame the difficulties of the transition for the rising nationalisms
in the post-socialist countries. Nor is it any longer acceptable to locate nationalism at the
margins and at the peripheries, given the fact that normative culture is on the rise
throughout Europe, including the old Western democracies.


But still, nationalism speaks the language of images; it offers sensual experiences and
feeling of belonging, in the name of praised symbols and signs; moments of a shared
history commemorated by monuments and the “homeland” – a sacred space, well-defined
by borders, for which the security of private lives is to be sacrificed. Art and culture are
very much a part of the nation-building process as well as being the disciplines capable of
detecting hidden elements, decoding messages and subverting the hypnotic mechanism
by which nationalism becomes a part of our daily lives.


In line with its chosen name, the Private Nationalism Project does not plan to focus on
moments of high political drama, but rather on the process by which these moments are
so naturally absorbed and embraced by ordinary people.


Private Nationalism Bratislava
4 exhibitions and 4 discussions
Curated by: Ilona Németh, Fedor Blaščák, Rokko Juhász
Organized by Kassák Centre for Intermedia Creativity and Open Society Foundation,


Coorganizers: Approach Association, Pécs, Hungary


Open Gallery
Baštová 5, 811 03 Bratislava
Slovenská republika
identity – patriotism – nationalism


10. 02. – 14. 02. 2015

Matej Kaminský,  Szabolcs KissPál, Ciprian Muresan, Ilona Németh, Kristina Norman,
Dan Perjovschi, Martin Piaček, József Szolnoki, Mark Ther, Milica Tomic, Jaroslav
Varga, Artur Zmijewski


10. 02. 2015, 17 30
Laszlo Voros, historian, Bratislava
Peter Salner, etnograf, Bratislava
Peter Hunčík , psychiater, Dunajska Streda
Martin Piacek, artist, Bratislava
Moderator: Fedor Blaščák
state symbols – artistic freedom – causa


17. 02. – 21. 02. 2015
Dalibor Bača, Anca Benera -Arnold Estefan, Mira Gáberová-Katarína Morháčová
(Performance group), Guma Guar, Tibor Horváth, Jozef Jankovič, Szabolcs KissPál,
Nemere Kerezsi, Tamara Moyzes, Rafani, Kornél Szilágyi (Igor Buharov)


17. 02., 17 30
Daniel Grúň, art historian, Bratislava
Dalibor Bača, artist, Praha
Jiri Ptacek, art historian, Praha
Jozef Jankovič, artist, Bratislava
Moderator: Fedor Blaščák
the idea of statehood – borders – extremism


24. 02. – 28. 02. 2015
Erika Baglyas, Csaba Nemes, Michal Moravčík, Ilona Nemeth, Lucia Nimcová – Sholto
Dobie, Jonathan Ravasz, Societe Realiste, Bálint Szombathy, Rita Varga


24. 02., 17 30
Péter Krekó, sociologist, Political Capital Institute, Budapest
Grigorij Mesežnikov, sociologist, Inštitút pre verejné otázky, Bratislava
Andrej Findor, FSEV UK, Bratislava
Szabolcs Kisspál, artist, Budapest
Moderator: Ábel Ravasz, sociologist, Bratislava


Rokko Juhász
the fear – origin of the state – Russia – Ukraine


03. 03. – 07. 03. 2015
Anca Benera – Arnold Estefan, Daya Cahen, Izolyatsia – platform for cultural initiatives,
Nikita Kadan, Svätopluk Mykita, Kristina Norman, Nikolay Oleynikov – Chto delat,
Oleksij Radinskij, Tomáš Rafa, Joanna Rajkowska


03. 03., 17 30
Misha Kapustin, liberal Rabbi, Bratislava
Tomáš Rafa, artist
Suzana Milewska, art historian
Moderator: Fedor Blaščák