(an improbable combination of elements)
a lecture with internet presentation by György Galántai
Visual, sound and text documents about
Miklós Erdély and Sándor Altorjai,
the people who can exercise mutual influence.
Alternative Culture in Central and Eastern Europe
from the 1960s to the 1980s
The Russian word Samizdat means “publishing by yourself”: “You write by yourself, edit by yourself, you censor by yourself, you distribute by yourself and you do time for it by yourself as well.” (Vladimir Bukovsky)
Everything the authorities in the Soviet dictatorships prohibited or that censorship did not permit found its ways into intellectual underground: out of posters and leaflets and typed or printed books, out of stamps and photographs and provocative works of arts there arose a cosmos apart, unique and colourful.
Samizdat existed in all countries of the Soviet sphere of power. It gained its widest circulation in the former USSR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and the GDR. With its 400 exhibits, the Samizdat exhibition attempts to rescue this fascinating and colourful world from oblivion.
The exhibition was shown in the year 2000 in Berlin, and 2002 in Prague and Brussels, to great acclaim. For the Budapest presentation more documents (partly from the Artpool archive) were added to the show concerning Hungarian political and cultural opposition.