New publication: The State Is Not a Work of Art

Lugemik published a new book “The State is not a Work of Art,” designed by Indrek Sirkel, on the occasion of the major exhibition at the Tallinn Art Hall. The publication also includes an essay “Borrowed Identities” by our professor Ivar Sakk. The publication is available in both Estonian and English, and there is a discount price 15€ for our students at EKA GD.

“The State is not a Work of Art” Edited by Katerina Gregos

In recent years, fuelled by the mass migration of people fleeing war zones, authoritarian regimes and political or environmental crises, the alarming spectre of nationalism has returned to Europe, endangering European cohesion. The inequalities due to globalisation and the increasing cultural homogenisation that it has spurred have caused people to yearn for a return to seeming certainties – the sense of ‘belonging’ to a specific nation or national community. The product is a paradoxical situation, resulting in a tension between rising nationalism in Europe and at its borders, and the reality of supranational institutions like the EU and their pan-European political visions, transnational perspectives and cross-border economic agendas. How can we re-think the nation-state in light of today’s post-national realities? Can national sovereignty be reconciled with pluralism, an open society and today’s networked, integrated globalised societies?
This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition The State is not a Work of Art in Tallinn on the occasion of Estonia’s centenary of independence. At this opportune moment, the exhibition and its accompanying publication reflect on the problems, contradictions and ideologies underlying nation and nationalism in today’s constantly transforming European socio-political landscape.

Contributions by Ewa Axelrad, Loulou Cherinet, Marta Górnicka, Lise Harlev, Femke Herregraven, Flo Kasearu, Thomas Kilpper, Szabolcs KissPál, Stéphanie Lagarde, Ella Littwitz, Thomas Locher, Cristina Lucas, Damir Muratov, Tanja Muravskaja, Marina Naprushkina, Kristina Norman, Daniela Ortiz, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Jaanus Samma, Ivar Sakk, Larissa Sansour, Kristina Solomoukha & Paolo Codeluppi & Elfi Turpin, Studio Jonas Staal.

Essays by Katerina Gregos, Mark A. Jubulis, Ivar Sakk, Anthony D. Smith, Jonas Staal, Marek Tamm.

● 392 pages
● 130 × 210 mm
● Edition: 500
● Offset printing
● Softcover
● In English
● Graphic design by Indrek Sirkel
● Printed by Tallinn Book Printers
● Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonin Ministry of Culture, Republic of Estonia 100, Danish Arts Foundation, Mondriaan Fund
● Published by Lugemik & Tallinn Art Hall
● ISBN 978-9949-9934-9-9
● 2018

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