Known for their witty observations of everyday life, mixed with reflections on social and political issues, Lia and Dan Perjovschi will also be looking at the prevailing negative discourse in the British media about Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants ‘flooding’ the country in 2014.
Being a target for the national press isn’t an easy thing to deal with, as Dan Perjovschi is quoted in The Guardian as saying:
“It is always an irritation when you are questioned as a nation. And when media step in, anger increases or may go out of control. Facebook is full of mockeries of Brits and some superficial ‘patriotic’ feelings.
On the other hand, Romanians love the Premiership, Robbie Williams and Helen Mirren and the visual artists are obsessed with Tate Modern. Romanians had a great respect of UK because legend says that Tony Blair contributed massively to our EU bid. Therefore the actual situation is seen as a betrayal.”
Over the past 25 years, Lia and Dan Perjovschi have forged personal and challenging forms of artistic expression, bringing a unique contribution to the development of art in Eastern Europe. Their work has been on display in galleries from New York to Seoul and from Berlin to London and Reykjavik. Together they created the Centre for Art Analysis (CAA), a space for artists, students, philosophers and politicians to question dominant ideologies. They dedicated their studio to creating a truly democratic space for dialogue between cultures in Romania and Europe.
A reception will follow the discussion.
The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is based in Amsterdam and has been a supporter of culture in wider Europe for the past 60 years. The annual ECF award – Princess Margriet Award, which includes a prize of 25,000 Euros, recognises European artists, intellectuals and activists whose work shows the power of culture in constructing a democratic and inclusive Europe.