The Long 1980s. Constellations of Art, Politics and Identities

Edited by Nick Aikens, Teresa Grandas, Nav Haq, Beatriz Herráez, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

The Long 1980s considers the significance of the 1980s for culture and society today. It revisits this pivotal decade via a collection of microhistories from across Europe that span the fields of art, culture, and politics. Central to the stories in this book is the changing relationship between ideologies, governments, and their publics, the effects of which have come to shape the contemporary condition of Europe and beyond. Artists, writers, and activists were responding to and articulating these changes in myriad ways: in the streets, through words, images, objects, and actions. At the same time, new subjectivities were emerging at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, all voices that were demanding to be heard.

The publication is divided into four thematic chapters: 1. No Alternative? (on counter cultures, alternative forms of self-organization and art as activism); 2. Know Your Rights (on civil liberties, the rising planetary consciousness and new ecologies); 3. Processes of Identification (on anti-colonial positions and the drive for sexual and gender equality through culture); 4. New Order (on the far-reaching effects of the neoliberal regime and, finally, the significance of the year 1989). Comprising newly commissioned essays by leading thinkers alongside seventy case studies, including images and archival material published for the first time, this reader offers an invaluable and alternative reading of the recent past. A constellation of over seventy micro-histories, ranging from significant exhibitions or events to publications or key essays are presented across the four sections, spanning the different contexts out of which the research developed: Belgium, Catalonia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the UK. These case studies are presented through a rich combination of archival material, reproductions or reprinted texts with introductions by curators, historians, and theorists.

Editors: Nick Aikens (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), Teresa Grandas (MACBA, Barcelona), Nav Haq (M HKA, Antwerp), Beatriz Herráez (independent curator, San Sebastián), Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (L'Internationale online).

Contributors: Nick Aikens, Henry Andersen, Zdenka Badovinac, Barış Gençer Baykan, Cristina Cámara Bello, Hakim Bey, Manuel Borja-Villel, Rosi Braidotti, Boris Buden, Jesús Carrillo, Bojana Cvejić, Luc Deleu, Ayşe Düzkan, Diedrich Diederichsen, Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş, Corinne Diserens, Merve Elveren, Charles Esche, Marcelo Expósito, Božidar Flajšman, Annie Fletcher, Diana Franssen, June Givanni, Lisa Godson, Teresa Grandas, Nav Haq, Beatriz Herráez, Lubaina Himid, Lola Hinojosa, Antony Hudek, Tea Hvala, Gal Kirn, Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Anders Kreuger, Elisabeth Lebovici, Rogelio López Cuenca, Geert Lovink, Amna Malik, Pablo Martínez, Lourdes Méndez, Aleš Mendiževec, Ana Mizerit, Alexei Monroe, Meriç Öner, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Bojana Piškur, Marta Popivoda, Carlos Prieto del Campo, Pedro G. Romero, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, Igor Španjol, Chris Straetling, Luis Trindade, Erman Ata Uncu, Jelena Vesić, Mar Villaespesa, Vladimir Jerić Vlidi, Ana Vujanović.

2018, Valiz with L'internationale | supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union | partner: KASK School of Arts, University College Ghent | paperback | 416 pp. | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-49-7 | Design by George&Harrison.

Download table of contents and introduction, and texts by Rosi Braidotti, Diedrich Diederichsen, Lisa Godson and Boris Buden.

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Chapters
  • 1.
    Table of contents
  • 2.
    The Long 1980s. Constellations of Art, Politics and Identities. An Introduction
    by Nick Aikens, Teresa Grandas, Nav Haq, Beatriz Herráez, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
  • 3.
    'It will have been the Best of Times: thinking back to the 1980s'
    by Rosi Braidotti
  • 4.
    From Anti-Social-Liberal Punk to Intersectional Aids Activism (Sub-)Culture and Politics in Eighties Europe
    by Diedrich Diederichsen
  • 5.
    Environmental Protest in Europe in the Eighties
    by Lisa Godson
  • 6.
    When History was Gone
    by Boris Buden

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