I am pleased to announce the publication of my latest research by Manchester University Press: Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960.
The book represents the culmination of several years of research on the development of performance art, including live art, body and action art and happenings in the former communist countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. I documented the process of doing the research on my website, Performing the East. The research and publication received generous funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Leverhulme Trust, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The book presents the first comprehensive academic study of the history and development of performance art in the region since the 1960s. Covering 21 countries and more than 250 artists, my text demonstrates the manner in which performance art in the region developed concurrently with the genre in the West, highlighting the unique contributions of Eastern European artists. The discussions are based on primary source material-interviews with the artists themselves. It offers a comparative study of the genre of performance art in countries and cities across the region, examining the manner in which artists addressed issues such as the body, gender, politics and identity, and institutional critique.