Fri 24.05 → 18:00-… Sat 25.05 → 11:00-18:00 Sun 26.05 → 11:00-18:00
An agora for political satire urging us to reflect on the absurdity of real politics
Via historical images and texts, EUSAP commences a new European alliance surpassing the Schengen borders – perhaps even forming a viable alternative to the European Parliament. It also provides us with an alternative framework to revise European politics, alternatives to e.g. populist tendencies and the importance of satirical and artists parties in contemporary Europe.
© Maja Smoszna / EUSAP
EUSAP touches on two matters: the origin of satirical parties and the relevance of that cultural phenomenon nowadays. The historical context is illustrated through the exhibited objects, ranging from videos and documentary photos to articles and manifestoes dating back to the late 1980’s.
By displaying visual and performative practices of these parties, the long and valuable tradition unfolds, starting in Prague with The Party of Moderate Progress Within the Bounds of the Law. Especially after the fall of the Iron Curtain, many satirical parties arose all over Europe. It seems they’ve never really left since then: they still correspond accordingly to contemporary political issues within a rising new form of authoritarianism, and with means of happening, street art and internet activism they parody the political elites of our times
Participating satirical parties:
DIE PARTEI (Germany), Chance 2000 (Germany), Lord Buckethead (United Kingdom), Two-Tailed Dog Party (Hungary), Best Party (Iceland), Orange Alternative (Poland), Unified Estonia (Estonia), The Political Party (Belgium), The Party of the Dead (Russia), Sarmu probo nisi (Serbia).
Friday 24.05 at 20:30
Saturday 25.05 at 16:00
Go to the facebook event for more info and updates, and otherwise just pass by in the weekend to cure your pre- or post-election hangover by diving into a peculiar part of political history.
Feeling nostalgic or need some photographic evidence? Photos are now online! © Leontien Allemeersch