- 239 pages
- 23cm x 16.5cm
- Published in Bucharest, 2018
Frustrated by the “purely anecdotal” understanding of Eastern Europe, Kajet Journal is a beautifully bookish title with new perspectives from the region. Published in Bucharest, Romania, it wants to challenge the stereotypes and misrepresentations attributed to Eastern Europe by mainstream media.
This second issue focuses on on the notion of utopia, using it to criticise and question the development of Eastern Europe over the last 30 years.
In this issue:
- Natalia Drobot’s wry response to the rising tide of ‘Ostalgia’, or nostalgia for the East
- The Age of Nothingness: the empty space left by the fall of communism that became flooded with the glitzy superficiality of ‘glanzkult’ and the all-consuming force of neoliberalism, followed by an appeal for a more hopeful ‘Easternfuturism’
- Take a walk into “Bucharest’s biggest outdoor rag fair” to track down the people selling knock-off versions of luxury Western products, as well as the historical forces that led to the emergence of Eastern European counterfeit culture and the global supply chains that help to ensure its survival