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Artwork, idea, and feedback confronted radical new demanding situations after the tip of the chilly conflict. Art and thought After Socialism investigates what occurs whilst theories of paintings from the previous East and the previous West collide, parsing the paintings of former Soviet bloc artists along that in their western opposite numbers. Mel Jordan and Malcolm Miles finish that the goals promised through capitalism haven't been introduced in jap Europe, and also, the democratic liberation of the West has fallen prey to worldwide clash and high-risk occasions. This quantity is a innovative tackle the overlap of paintings and daily life in a post–cold battle world. 

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As I argue, Act’s very formation, its social-artistic activism and subsequent collapse, epitomizes the relocation of the site of utopia from society to the body. 6 However, it was the utopian ideal of the corporeal wholeness of the body and the abandonment of the social body that emerged in the works of Act’s former members, and especially in David Kareyan’s artistic practices. After the disillusionment from the failed attempt to construct a new social and political order as an artistic project, society and the mainstream culture were perceived by the community of Armenian avant-garde artists as fragmenting the body between various dominant discourses and, therein, ignoring the corporeal body and its needs.

These are some of the slogans that Act used in its Art Demonstration of 1995.  In Armenia, Gorbachev’s rhetoric of the liberalization of economy and society was echoed in the Karabagh movement. As early as 1988, hundreds of thousands of people would regularly march in the city centre of Yerevan demanding radical reforms in society, the economy and ecology. They called for the separation of the Nagorno Karabagh region from Azerbaijani SSR and its reunification with Armenian SSR.  The 3rd Floor was the first alternative artists’ group in Armenia formed in 1987.

Consequently, the dominant perception in Armenia is of both modernism and the avant-garde as formalist aesthetic categories, rather than cultural discourses. At the same time, the isolation and categorization of the artists, specifically of David Kareyan within the realm of subjective creation, was to a large extent a response to the new political and social situation in Armenia. This framing not only prevented artists from coming up with collaborative projects but also signalled the abandonment of public discourse, subsequently appropriated by the dominant narratives of the state and the church.

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