Having entered its
culminating phase, FORMER WEST, the transnational research, education,
exhibition, and publication project of BAK will conclude with a major
publication synthesizing its eight year-long efforts. Titled FORMER WEST: Art and the Contemporary after
1989 and edited by Boris Buden (cultural theorist, Berlin), Maria Hlavajova (BAK artistic director), and Simon Sheikh (curator and writer, London/Berlin),
the book inquires into the complex relationship between art and the
contemporary from 1989 onwards, probed through the propositional imaginary of a
“former West.” Release date December 2016.