ENTROPA - PETKO STOYANOV - Is Europe really able to laugh at itself?

Project of Petko Stoyanov against "Entropa" of David Cerny

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Protest against ENTROPA

This is my protest against ENTROPA of David Cerny, sent to European governments, ministries of culture and foreign affairs, to mass media and art institutions.
I expect the answer from the Czech side and oppinion of other countries representants. Mainly from the Polish side which supports the strongest this discrimination!

I don't agree with degrading East European countries by Czech artist and acceptance it by Europe!

I demand it to be spread to all Europeans!

At this blog I show proposals of chosen countries - Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Italy, Poland, France, Lithuania. The rest can be presented in real.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

If we want to have REAL EUROPEAN UNION, we have to treat fair all member countries!

If we want to have Real European Union, we have to treat fair all member countries!

David Cerny showed trivial stereotypes of some countries, and deep tragedies of other. This way he applied even stronger division of Europe.

My proposal is the critical project for Cerny’s art work as well as for real Europe’s inequality, divisions and problems. This is the same time very pro-European work, thanks to which the nations and EU could pay attention to really important problems of each country and aim to solve them.

My project was created as the protest for unequable and trivial presenting EU countries by David Cerny in “Entropa”. Cerny divided Europe, ennobled more developed countries and put weaker down. His project accepts and underlines injustice and inconsistency in treating less developed East Europe countries by well prosperous West ones. He treats gently west states, showing often their pluses – e.g. Austria fighting for ecology, French inhabitants fighting for their rights, etc.
He twits imperfection of poorer nations and laughs at their tragedies.

In my project I show important problems of all European countries, treating them with same measure.

Actually, there are two valuable projects which could rise from the Cerny’s work - one wittier - showing the superficial approach and stereotyped looking to neighbouring countries, the other – definitely more serious - showing the real problems, the fall of the past, that make the harmonious development of these countries impossible.

If the second, much more interesting accomplishment was created, Bulgaria as the Turkish toilet would be a very accurate display.

My project is complementing this vision and gives the possibility of the full view on the Europe situation.
It consists of two parts:
- ENTROPA 1 – the light version, completing the Cerny’s vision, instead of the Turkish toilet Bulgaria is shown as the holiday resort,
- ENTROPA 2 – the version demonstrating the real problems, needs and disabilities of Europe countries. One of them is the vision of Bulgaria as the system of Turkish toilets already proposed by Cerny.

I demand adding my version of Bulgaria, associated with the resort, golden beaches and a-bove all with a tourist place, to superficial Cerny’s visions.
Then it will fit perfectly to the known Hungarian cuisine, nice Ikea furniture and Belgian sweets.

The next part of my project (ENTROPA 2) demonstrates the real problems of individual countries:
Help poor Gypsies!
Help Poland to cope with the anti-Semitism!
Solve the problem of the minorities in France and in Germany!
Let rather the EU give money to Bulgaria for modifying or closing an atomic power station and not -then be showing that Austria is environment-friendly.

The artwork of Cerny in the present edition is ill-considered and conservative, but also philistinian and bourgeois. He identified himself with richer and better people and from their position he is laughing at poor ones. In the ultimate version his project is differing from presented assumptions - because we cannot laugh this way.

This is simply the attitude of preschoolers who laugh of someone because he is fat, has lop ears or is wearing glasses.

He presented himself as the wife batterer. If we laugh at somebody, lets laugh at everyone and in the same time let us respect each other.

My political views lean towards leftist ideas. I care about the fight for the minorities rights and the tolerance. I pay attention for social, economic, environmental problems, the anti-Semitism, the censorship etc. And these are the problems of Europe connected with the stereotypes of individual countries. If they won’t manage with that Europe will never unite!

In the name of the freedom of speech and in the name of the freedom of popularising views I demand my project being spread so all Europeans have the equal access and chance to see both versions! Would anybody dare to show my full project presenting all EU countries equally?

Do YOU want to look at European stereotypes in the superficial way as a typical joke, or do YOU want to see actual problems and try to fight with it?

Through my artwork I am asking the question: what does Europe is going to do about that and what do WE people are going to do with this?!

Is European Union really an Union? It’s not the matter to laugh at itself or somebody else, but to accept, help changing, and make Europe the best it can be!

Czech Republic - the biggest and the greatest whorehouse in Central Europe [ENTROPA 2]

Welcome! Don't you think, that it's funny that a lot of European guys prefer to fly to Czech for weekends, because it is the biggest, the cheapest, the most luxury brothel in Europe! Ha ha ha!

But don’t you think that it’s actually a big problem?
Many girls work for money not through their own choice, and they are not only Czech ones. Everybody knows that this kind of business is connected with drug trafficking, crime, illegal transfer of women to onother countries. Many of them come from previous Soviet republics.

Bulgaria - [ENTROPA 1], [ENTROPA 2]

Bulgaria: Czech - Bulgarian friendship

That's really funny! What Czech girls earn in their country, spend later at Bulgarian seaside. They go to Bulgaria for wonderful sex with lifeguards (only for fun, not for money) and of course in Bulgaria they can get the cheapest alcohol in Europe!

Bulgaria... What is behind that beautiful, sandy, beach in Bulgaria, where lots of people (including Cerny for sure) used to spend their holidays? There is a huge problem in Bulgaria connected with the authorities corruption, its connections with the Bulgarian mafia and the influence of post-Communists. However the biggest problem is an organised crime.
Everyone knows that Bulgarian mafia is the most dangerous in Europe and is hampering the development of the country. Unfortunately, it is strongly connected with police and the government and in spite of murders on request are very common (there've been so far arround 150 people killed) nobody was convicted.
Moreover the power depends on post-Communist influences and one of the largest parties is Turkish party. It is necessary also to add, that huge amount of Bulgarian woman work as prostitutes, weapon and drug traffic is thriving. That's the real Turkish toilet

Bulgaria - Turkish toilet

David Cerny presented Bulgaria as Turkish toilet system, without being conscious that he touched the most fragile and hurting points in the history of Bulgaria.
- 500 years was lasting the longest trial of annihilation and erasing one nation from the history. It was the incredible mass destruction of Bulgarians undoubtedly comparable with Jewish Holocaust (Mr. Cerny, it’s not allowed to laugh at this kind of national tragedy).
-Turks were forcing Bulgarians to adopt the Islam otherwise they beheaded them.
- Turks were kidnapping young Bulgarian boys and they were training them as the most deadly slaughterers of their own nation (Mr Cerny, there is no way anyone can laugh at it).

Facts can be multiplied.

And in these circumstances, Mr. Cerny, I wonder why didn’t you show Bulgaria for example in flood from 2007 (as you showed Greece touched with the fire cataclysm), or you didn’t refer to mystery of Bulgarian voices or famous bagpipes from mountains as you did with Ireland. Another option is presenting Bulgaria as the land of wine, famous kebapche or Bulgarian yoghurt (what Nedko Solakov did at the Venice Biennale), or showing it as the Valey of Roses.

Germany - the biggest Turkish toilet in Europe [ENTROPA 2]

Mr. Cerny, you have mistaken! Everybody knows, that the biggest Turkish toilet in Europe now is Germany!
Do German manage with minorities (specially with the Turkish community)?
Do Turkish women living in Germany are indeed treated as of full value European? Why are Germans against entering Turkey to the UE?
Are they really so much afraid that Turks will change their country into the authentic Turkish toilet ?

Romania - don't you think that today Dracula is poor Romanian Gipsy? [ENTROPA 2]

Europeans like to laugh at Romanian parochialism, always remember hay everywhere in the city, in busses, shoes, and trafic jams coused by droshkys.
Portraying Romania in Cerny's project as the fun fair with ruling Drakula was trivialising the problem of the severe poverty, the anarchy and humiliating treating as the margin, the minorities of gypsy however constituting the big part of the society. Which Drakula actually we should be scarred of?

Italy - the land of garbages ruled by Romanian Gipsies [ENTROPA 2]

This beautiful country has transformed into the large refuse heap, taken control by Romanian beggars of the gypsy descent.

As many as 75 percent of arrested under the accusation of the theft, rape and murder this year in Rome, are the citizens of Romania. Some part of Romanian immigrants are using benefits of the Mediterranean climate and all through the year they nomadize in Roman suburbs where they contribute to the criminal underground activity.The Italian government has issued regulation allowing fast expelling from Italy immigrants recognized by police as dangerous.

Regulations also include citizens of the EU in spite of the principle of the freedom of the migration. Grandaughter of Duce, Alessandra Mussolini was demanding writing down the name of the ambassador of Romania to the first dismissed list.

The number of imigrants of different nationality is increasing at a crazy rate.

In such a situation, aren't Italians afraid their country will become the large bog, this time Romanian one?

Poland - Polish shower for Jews [ENTROPA 2]

Poland - the most open for Jews in Europe, but also place of their Holocaust. This is one of the biggest shames of this country, feeling guilty even if they were not the executors. Everything can be paralysed there by the word "anti semitism".


Concerns problems with black people and Arabs.

Authorities frustrated by their inability to stop what many are calling France's worst civil unrest since the 1968 student revolts.