Young political systems and post-communist heritage still influence art in many countries. This is an open situation, creating various modes of participation and interpretation - from watching and listening to discussion, active participation and writing, interested in love, which transgresses the notion of relation between two people. The artists invited live in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Poland.
curator Monika Szewczyk
The artists we invited are:
Vahram Aghasyan, Rashad Alakbarov, Ruben Arevshatyan, Babi Badalov, Samvel Baghdasaryan, Alicja Bielawska, Anatoly Belov, Bouillon Group
CHINGIZ, Anna Chkolnikova, Lado Darakhvelidze, Kuba Dąbrowski, Veaceslav Druta, Tatiana Fiodorova, Arman Grigoryan, Nicolas Grospierre, Armine Hovhannisyan, Orkhan Huseynov, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Dominik Jałowiński, Alevtina Kakhidze, Yaroslava-Maria Khomenko, Tigran Khachatryan, Aleksander Komarov, Maxim Kuzmenko, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Anna Molska, Marina Naprushkina, Dumitru Oboroc, Joanna Rajkowska, Stefan Rusu, Elene Rakviashvili, Nino Sekhniashvili, Sergey Shabohin, Sabina Shikhlinskaya, Jakub Szczęsny, Sophia Tabatadze TanzLaboratorium, Stas Volyazlovsky, Oleg Yushko.
Because of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok is organizing an exhibition titled “The Journey to the East”. Poland, along with Sweden, is the initiator of Eastern Partnership project, therefore we invite artists from countries participating in it - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – as well as artists from Poland.
We do not want to group the works in nationality pigeonholes; however, at the same time we do not pretend that the issues of ethnicity and nationality are invisible. Young political systems and post-communist heritage still influence art in many countries. Artistic activity is connected not only to artist’s personal resources - artistic schools, institutions supporting the artists’ work and the existence of artistic circles and presence of art critics and curators play an important role as well. These are important issues, which were presented to us in virtually every country we visited. And finally, artists make statements concerning only the topics pertaining to them and their lives.
Edwin Bendyk prophesizes, that the solution to various global problems is the creation of interpersonal relations based on love, not competition, hierarchy or domination. We are interested in love, which transgresses the notion of relation between two people. We seek positive emotions, which create bonds between people all over the world – bonds that are an alternative to government authority and economic capital.
We want to ask the artists what role they think these emotions play in post-communist society and whether building new social capital on interpersonal relations is a utopia or perhaps it can be realized.
We see our project as an open situation, creating various modes of participation and interpretation – from watching and listening to discussion, active participation and writing. We will gather objects, organize meetings, discussions, lectures, workshops, performances and installations in public space.
Discussion panel “The Journey to the East”
Project concept: Anna Lazar, Monika Szewczyk
Exhibition design: Robert Rumas
Project is realized within the Cultural Programme of the Polish EU Presidency in 2011
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Audiovisual Institute ( www.nina.gov.pl )
PKO Bank Polski
Image: Babi Badalov, Transbanners (visual poetry), 2011
Ewa Borowska tel. (85) 744-76-43; email@example.com
Opening: 5 August 2011 h 5p.m.
Arsenal Gallery is located in a historic building in the centre of Bialystok, near Branicki Palace, the city’s most impressive historic structure. The Palace was designed by outstanding baroque architects – Jan Henryk Klemm, Jan Zygmunt Deybel, Jakub Fontana. The form of the palace refers to the grand French architectural projects.
The gallery’s exhibition area exceeds 500 m2 and consists of three separate saloons
Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok
ul. Mickiewicza 2 15-222 Bialystok
Opening hour: 10 am - 6 pm, everyday except Mondays and days after holidays
Tickets: regular 8 PLN, reduced 4 PLN