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Posted on Mar 24, 2012

Performing the East: AABS Scholar Examines Performance Art in Latvia

In 2011, Dr. Amy Bryzgel was awarded an AABS Emerging Scholar Award to assist with the completion of her book, Performing the East: Performance Art in Russia, Latvia and Poland since 1980. The book dedicates one chapter to an analysis of performance art in Latvia as viewed through the works of contemporary artists Miervaldis Polis and Gints Gabrans. The funding was utilised to offset the cost of copy-editing and indexing of the final manuscript. Performing the East examines the phenomenon of performance art as it emerged in Eastern Europe by examining distinct case-studies of artists working in Russia, Latvia and Poland. While Performance Art is a thoroughly theorised and codified genre within the Western Art Historical canon, there has yet to emerge a comprehensive study of the meaning and significance of this art form to artists and audiences in the ‘East,’ where it emerged under entirely different socio-historical conditions. This book is one of the first efforts to fill that gap in the scholarship. The chapter on Performance Art...

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Posted on May 3, 2011

AABS Emerging Scholar Investigates “Dark Tourism”

The 2010 Emerging Scholars Award assisted Dr. McKenzie in financing his travel to Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius to conduct field research about Dark Tourism. The field studies in Estonia included interviews with owners of a firm that provides Soviet Tours in Tallinn; an interview with a tour guide who conducts Soviet Tours in Tallinn; and an interview with a representative of the Tallinn tourism bureau. In Riga, he conducted an interview with a representative of the Latvian Institute to discuss the role of Soviet tourism in Latvia and an interview with a representative from the Latvian Tourism Development Agency. In Vilnius, he conducted an interview, and a tour, with a guide at the Museum of Genocide Victims, an interview with a tourist who visited Grūto parkas (“Stalin World”), and an interview with a representative of the Lithuanian tourism bureau. To date, in addition to his presentation, “Remembrance versus Nostalgia: ‘Dark’ Tourism in the Baltic States”, at the 2010 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference, Dr. McKenzie has...

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