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BIAŁYSTOK: Journey East

The Arsenał Gallery in Białystok will commemorate Poland’s Presidency in the EU with an exhibition titled “Journey East.” Poland, along with Sweden, is the initiator of the Eastern Partnership. The exhibition will display work by artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, as well as Poland.

 

August 5 – September 30, 2011

The Arsenał Gallery in Białystok will commemorate Poland’s Presidency in the EU with an exhibition titled “Journey East.” Poland, along with Sweden, is the initiator of the Eastern Partnership. The exhibition will display work by artists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, as well as Poland.

The curators will not pigeonhole the work according to nationality, nor will they pretend that the issues of identity and nationality are invisible. The artist never creates art in complete detachment from the environment in which they live, its society, history, and local flavor, and their craft is always influenced by their education as well as galleries, curators, and art critics.

Artists invited to the Białystok exhibition will address Edwin Bendyk’s claim that the solution to various global troubles is to create interpersonal relationships based on love instead of competition, hierarchy, and domination. “Journey East” departs from the definition of love as a feeling shared by two people, and instead focuses on the positive emotions that often help create global relationships between people without the participation of the state or capital. What role do the artists believe these emotions play in post-communist society? Is building new social capital on the foundation of positive relations more than just a utopian vision?

The project will have an open format and will allow artists to choose from several paths of participation and interpretation: from watching and listening, to dialog, co-participation, and writing. Associated events will include a collection of exhibits, talks, discussions, lectures, workshops, performance art events, and installations in public spaces.

Curated by: Monika Szewczyk and Anna Łazar.