About Torn Curtain

“A magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world. Cervantes sent Don Quixote journeying and tore the curtain. The world opened before the knight errant in all the comic nakedness of its prose.” Milan Kundera, The Curtain

In the spirit of Cervantes, refracted through Havel, Beuys, Foucault (and many more), this blog seeks to tear through the curtains that too often obscure the political, social and cultural lives of Central and Eastern Europeans. Transgressing the borders of academe and journalism, politics and culture, this blog opens up new perspectives of the lives that are, were and can be lived  behind and beyond what was known as the Iron Curtain.

Torn Curtain is written by Benjamin Tallis a former EU political and strategic advisor who worked in the Balkans and Former Soviet Union. His PhD is on EU Borders in Central and Eastern Europe and he now works as co-ordinator of the Centre for European Security at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, as well as editing New Perspectives, the Institute’s English-language academic journal. Operating at the intersections of politics, art, architecture, memory and history, he has written for several European publications including Art Review, Umelec, The Prague Post, The New Presence, Vlak and is a regular contributor to The Modernist, for whom he writes on CEE architecture, design and the politics of memory. He blogs here in a personal capacity.

All content on this site – unless otherwise stated – is the intellectual property of Benjamin Tallis.

  1. Ilse Ghekiere says:

    Dear Benjamin Tallis, I am currently writing a thesis for my master degree in art history at the Free University in Brussels. The subject is a children’s television show named Tik Tak. Apparently the director of this show was inspired by the Laterna Magika theatre and might have seen the pavilion in ’58. I was wandering if you could send me the biographical details of the article you wrote in the Modernist (I should mention pages) and if it is possible to send me the two pictures (the dancers on stage and the poster) in higher resolution. This would help me a great deal. I hope you are interested in contributing to this research. Kind regards, Ilse Ghekiere

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